Men in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw are being urged to benefit from a health screening programme.
To mark the 65th anniversary of the NHS, men aged 65 and over in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw are being encouraged to consider taking advantage of a major national health screening programme that aims to reduce the number of men who die from an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
In England and Wales, an estimated 80,000 men aged between 65 and 74 are affected by AAAs, which are caused when the main blood vessel in the abdomen – the aorta – weakens and starts to expand.
If undetected, the aorta can rupture – a medical emergency that is usually fatal. Around 6,000 people die every year from ruptured AAAs.
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been commissioned to provide the NHS AAA Screening Programme across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.
As part of the NHS AAA Screening Programme, around 8,500 men in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw will be invited for screening during the year they turn 65. Men who are already over 65 can also arrange an appointment by contacting the screening programme office directly.
Vascular surgeon Mr Ray Cuschieri, clinical lead for the NHS AAA Screening Programme in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, said: “The AAA Screening Programme is extremely important as men who have an AAA do not generally know they have the condition until it is too late, which is why screening is so important.
“The screening test is simple, painless, non-invasive and usually takes less than 10 minutes. Early detection of AAAs through screening enables us to offer monitoring or treatment, helping to reduce the number of deaths caused by the condition.
“I would ask every man who has received an invitation to consider attending for screening to benefit from the programme. I would also extend this invitation to any men aged over 65 who can also make an appointment.”
Men over 65 who have not previously been screened can make an appointment by contacting the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw AAA Screening Programme on 01709 321189 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on AAAs, visit the national programme website at: aaa.screening.nhs.uk.