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As part of a national screening programme, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is now a screening centre for abdominal aortic aneurysms (also known as AAAs). An estimated 80,000 men aged between 65 and 74 are affected by the condition, which is caused when the main blood vessel in the abdomen the aorta weakens and starts to expand.

If undetected, the condition can be fatal and kills around 6,000 men each year in the UK. 65 year old men in Wandsworth were among the first in the country to benefit when the programme began in June 2009.

The programme is inviting men who turn 65 this year to attend a free screening appointment. Men over 65 not automatically invited can self-refer by calling the unit. The highly effective programme is expected to reduce deaths from the condition by up to 50 percent.