Those at high risk of lung cancer will soon be able to receive early detection screening as the province launches a new screening program– the first of its kind in Canada.
The target population for this new cancer screening program will be adults aged 55 to 74 who smoke or have a heavy smoking history.
It’s expected the first participants could be receiving scans by spring 2022.
The province estimated approximately 300 people will be diagnosed each year through the program, an early diagnosis that will give them more treatment options.
“Our new lung cancer screening program will mean more treatment options, faster recovery and better outcomes for people around the province. It’s part of our work to keep people safe and healthy – no matter what they’re dealing with,” said Premiere John Horgan.
In 2020, an estimated 3,300 people in B.C. will be diagnosed with lung cancer, said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.
Six British Columbians die of lung cancer each day, and it is the most common cause of cancer death in Canada and worldwide.
“Through early detection with this new lung cancer screening program, we will see survival rates dramatically improve. We are proud to be the first province in Canada to establish a lung cancer screening program.”