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NHS Breast Screening/AAA screening

Under the National Breast Screening Programme it is now the time to invite our eligible women from our Practice for breast screening.

Age extension randomisation is being rolled out nationally and your Practice has been randomised under the national guidelines. This will result in half the women registered with your Practice aged either 47-49 or 71-73 being invited for breast screening in addition to women aged 50-70. Please refer to the age extension leaflet enclosed or visit for further details.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Campaign


The NHS Screening Programme for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) was launched in Lancashire and cumbria in January 2013.  The service is being provided by Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and so far 9663 men across Lancashire & Cumbria have received an abdominal scan.

AAA screening was rolled out nationally following research evidence showing that a population-based screening programme, using ultrasound scanning for men in their 65th year, would be effective in reducing mortality from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms.  Those at higher risk include current or former smokers, people with high blood pressure or with a close family history (parent or sibling) of AAA.

The Programme aims to reduce deaths from the condition among men aged 65 and over by up to 50 per cent through detecting aneurysms early and offeering appropriate monitoring or treatment.  invitations for screening are being sent to men in Lancashire and Cumbria in the year they turn 65.

Men who are over 65 and have never been invited for AAA screening can self-refer for a scan by contacting their local screening programme directly on 0191 445 2554 or

For more information visit the national programme webset at:

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