MOBILE CT scanners are pitching up in supermarket carparks, including in Westcliff as part of the NHS mission to detect cancer quicker.
Tesco in Prince Avenue, Westcliff and Asda in Shoebury have hosted the truck, which comes equipped with a with a scanner on board.
The scheme, which launched in April last year, has already seen nine people diagnosed and treated for cancer.
This scheme involves inviting people aged between 55 and 75, who are current or former smokers, to have a free NHS lung health check.
Dr Donald McGeachy, cancer alliance lead for the programme, said: “I would urge everyone who is invited to please come along and receive your check.
“It will take place with a lung health check nurse at a convenient location, close to where you live.
“Across the health and care system we want to make sure 75 per cent of all cancer cases are diagnosed at stage 1 or 2 by 2028.
“This includes investing in programmes like the lung health checks initiative, to improve screening and testing.
“We are committed to continuing to work together and with local communities to do all that we can to improve outcomes for people. We know that if we can catch lung cancer early then treatment is possible, it also means that we can allow people to continue to live a long, happy and healthy life.”
One Southend resident, who received a lung health check, said they will never smoke again, adding: “I feel very lucky that I received the letter, and I am so grateful that I have been given a second chance.
“I am not sure at this stage what the future holds, but I would like to urge anyone reading this, if you have received a letter don’t delay get your lungs checked out today.
“The first thing I did was give up smoking and I am adamant that I will never smoke another cigarette again.”
Picture: CT scan as part of the NHS Targeted Lung Health Check programme (Pic: Mid and South Essex NHS Trust)
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