New Screening Programme for 65+ Men in Cambridgeshire
All 65-year-old men in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Suffolk are to benefit from screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (also known as AAAs) as part of a new national screening programme.
An estimated 80,000 men in England aged between 65 and 74 are affected by the condition, which is caused when the main blood vessel in the abdomen – the aorta – weakens and starts to expand. If undetected, the condition can be fatal and around 6,000 people die in England and Wales every year from a burst AAA.
The NHS AAA Screening Programme aims to reduce deaths from the condition by up to 50 per cent amongst men aged 65 and over by detecting AAAs early and offering appropriate monitoring or treatment. Men aged 65 and over are most at risk from the condition and invitations for screening are therefore being sent out to men in the area in the year they turn 65. Men over 65 who have never been invited for AAA screening can ask for a scan by contacting the local screening service on 01223 256909. More information can be found by visiting the national programme website at: http://aaa.screening.nhs.uk . Clinics are being held in numerous venues locally, so finding one near where you live will be easy!
Men who have an AAA will not generally notice any symptoms, which is why screening is important. AAA screening involves a simple, non-invasive scan and men receive their result immediately.