MP urges men to take health check

Rosie Winterton, MP, pictured with the British Parking Association's code of conduct. Picture: Marie Caley D0412MC
Rosie Winterton, MP, pictured with the British Parking Association's code of conduct. Picture: Marie Caley D0412MC

A Doncaster MP is helping to raise awareness of a scheme that spots men at risk of a life-threatening condition.

The Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme was launched in South Yorkshire in February and Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton has given her backing to the scheme.

The former health minister is encouraging men across the borough aged 65 and over to make use of the programme - to potentially save lives.

She said: “The screening programme offers men a quick, painless, one-off test to check for AAAs.

“The reality is men are much more likely to have this type of aneurysm than women and the chance of having an aneurysm increases with age.

“If an aneurysm is detected early it can be monitored and, if necessary, treated. Research shows that screening men aged 65 will reduce the death rate from ruptured AAAs by around 50 per cent.

“I’d encourage all men who receive an appointment for AAA screening to take up the offer of a test. It is a vital health check.”

Contact the South Yorkshire screening programme on 01709 321189.