Aortic Aneurysm: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th May 2022.

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Photo of Bell Ribeiro-Addy Bell Ribeiro-Addy Labour, Streatham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to introduce routine abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings for women.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There are no specific plans to do so. Evidence suggests that women are six times less likely to experience abdominal aortic aneurysm than men. The potential risks of surgery are the same, therefore inviting women for screening outweighs the benefits. The UK National Screening Committee will consider any new evidence on this topic should it emerge.

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