Regional News — February 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm — Updated: February 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm

Aneurysm screening saves lives in Wales

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A screening programme to identify a previously undiagnosed and potentially life-threatening condition in men may have saved almost 200 lives since it was launched in Wales in 2013.
Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford praised the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme, which is run by Public Health Wales, as he set out the support available to men to adopt a healthy lifestyle and improve their health.
Professor Drakeford said: “The overall uptake rate for men invited to screening was 74%, which is extremely encouraging. This screening helps to prevent emergency surgery and helps to support men to improve their health and lifestyle. However, we are not complacent.
“Public Health Wales recently partnered with the WRU to encourage men not to ignore their screening letter – it’s vital that men who are eligible get abdominal aortic aneurysm screening.
“This is just one of a range of programmes designed to improve the health of men in Wales, including promoting men’s health issues in the workplace, through the Healthy Working Wales programme and investing in mental health and wellbeing.”

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