Health researchers in Sheffield have won tens of thousands of pounds for a project to better predict people’s risk of developing lung cancer.
The team from Sheffield University has been given £57,000 by The Roy Castle Lung Foundation.
Currently, there are several ‘risk models’ available in the UK, which take into account factors such as if a person has smoked, or if there is a family history of the disease, to establish whether they are at risk of developing lung cancer.
However, the new project will be the first time researchers have studied whether combining the models could give more accurate predictions.
It is hoped the results could lead to the introduction of life-saving screening programmes, similar to those already in place for breast cancer.
Dr Dawn Teare, from Sheffield University, said: “We are delighted to have won this award.
“Better risk models will allow screening and strategies to target specific groups of individuals most likely to benefit from more invasive screening.”
The charity says the disease typically receives only 7 per cent of available cancer research funding.