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16 November 2011

The NHS AAA Screening Programme is being introduced gradually across England to make sure it works as effectively as possible.

To find out whether you live in an area covered by the programme, visit the Screening where you live page.

If you live in an area currently covered by a local screening programme:

  • Men registered with a GP in the area are invited for screening during the year they turn 65
  • Men over 65 registered with a GP in the area can contact their local screening programme directly to arrange a screening appointment

If you do not live in an area currently covered by a local screening programme:

  • The whole of England will be covered by the NHS AAA Screening Programme by the end of March 2013, with many areas covered by April 2012
  • Once screening has been implemented, men registered with a GP in the area will be invited for screening during the year they turn 65
  • Men over 65 registered with a GP in the area will be able to contact their local screening programme directly to arrange a screening appointment
  • Contact details for local programmes will be available at http://aaa.screening.nhs.uk/whereyoulive once screening has been implemented. There will also be local awareness raising through the local media, GP surgeries etc
  • If you have a first degree relative - brother, sister or parent - who has, or has had, an abdominal aortic aneurysm, then you can ask your GP about the possibility of being scanned at an appropriate age at your local hospital under existing NHS procedures. You should consider asking to be referred for a scan at an age five years younger than your relative was diagnosed.

If you are a woman:

  • The programme only screens men aged 65 and over because 95 per cent of ruptured AAA occur in this group. Men are six times more likely to have an aneurysm than women. There is no evidence to show that inviting women for screening as part of a population-based screening programme would deliver major benefits.
  • Women who have a first degree relative - brother, sister or parent - who has, or has had, an abdominal aortic aneurysm can ask their GP about the possibility of being scanned at an appropriate age at your local hospital under existing NHS procedures. They should consider requesting a referral at an age five years younger than their relative was diagnosed.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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