Wise up and get yourself screened – it could save your life.
That was the message delivered to Sheffield Wednesday’s Wise Old Owls supporters, who then joined the NHS in urging older men in the city to sign up for the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme.
Almost 200 members of the Wise Old Owls – Wednesday’s older people’s supporters group – listened to a talk about the condition from Ray Cuschieri, clinical lead for the NHS AAA Screening Programme in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.
He said AAAs kill around 6,000 people – mainly older men – a year, but a free and simple ultrasound scan can detect the condition and save lives.
Mr Cuschieri said: “Like all men who hear about the condition for the first time, I hope the Wise Old Owls will now phone to make appointments for their scan and tell more of their older male friends and relatives to do the same.
“Doing so will save lives, and all for just a 10-minute ultrasound scan.”
As part of the NHS AAA Screening Programme, around 8,500 men in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw will be invited for screening during the year they turn 65.
n Log on to aaa.screening.nhs.uk for more information.