Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 5 July 2013

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.

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Duncan Selbie's Friday message - 5 July 2013

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I am delighted to say that today sees the completion of the national rollout of our NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme for all 65-year-old men. Every year about 4,000 older men die in England from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm – a weakening and enlargement of the main blood vessel in the body – yet most of these deaths are preventable through early detection. Those most at risk are current and former smokers and those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol and the extended screening programme will prevent around 2,000 of these deaths each year.

Published 5 July 2013