In order to bring a decline in the number of lung cancer patients, the Scottish Government has decided to conduct blood tests on smokers so that they are able to detect lung cancer on time. Nicola Sturgeon, who is the Scottish Health Secretary, was of the view that they wanted to increase the early stage detection of lung cancer, which will increase patients’ survival time.
The programmee will continue till the next four years and there will be 60 doctors, who will be asking smokers to get their blood tests done. The blood tests will enable doctors to test antibodies, which can dictate the status of lung cancer.
If antibodies will be found in high number in specific patients then they will be asked to undergo CT scan, which is quiet effective in spotting early stage lung cancer. Sturgeon said, “Early detection is paramount and that is why I am delighted to announce today that the Scottish Government is backing a new groundbreaking diagnostic test to detect lung cancer earlier”.
Scotland is one of the places in the world which has the highest number of lung cancer patients. Therefore, the government has decided to do something constructive about the problem. Sturgeon said that they have pledged to bring a decline in the number of lung cancer patients.
In order to fulfill their dream, it is very important that they enroll at least 10,000 smokers, who are ready to get their blood test done. The doctors were of the view that they are having high hopes from their programmee as if the lung cancer is detected in early stages then there are 60% for a patient to survive. However, chances starts declining with advancement in lung cancer stage.