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Aneurysm screening programme reaches milestone


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Aneurysm screening programme reaches milestone

January marks a milestone for the NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm programme, which is screening its one millionth 65-year-old man.

The national programme aims to detect and treat large aneurysms early in order to reduce the number of deaths from ruptured aneurysms. Since it began in 2009, well over 10,000 aneurysms have been detected that need monitoring or treatment and more than 2,000 men with large aneurysms, measuring 5.5cm or wider, have been referred for surgery.

AAA screening is offered to all men registered with a GP during the year they turn 65. Men over 65 who have not been screened can self-refer by contacting their local screening programme directly.