Letter of the Week: Get yourself screened

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I am writing to spread the word about Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in Men.

The national screening programme has been extended to Coventry & Warwickshire in the last 12 months. All men are being invited to attend for an ultrasound scan during the year they turn 65. Men are six times more likely to develop this type of aneurysm than women. About one in 25 men aged 65 to 74 in England have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. An aneurysm is a weakness of the wall of the aorta which gradually expands in size. A large aneurysm is rare but can be very dangerous. This is a silent process causing no symptoms until it gives way. This is a very serious life threatening event that often results in death. If it is picked up by screening then successful treatment can be offered. I have just had my ultrasound which was thankfully normal. Because I am over 65 I was not sent for and had to contact my GP. So I would urge all men over 65 years old to contact their GP and ask to be sent an appointment for an ultrasound screening. It is a painless procedure that takes 5 – 10 minutes.

Barrie Bemand

Biggin Hall Lane, Thurlaston