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On this page you are able to find further information on the following:

  • Dorset & Wiltshire AAA Screening Programme
  • Cervical Screening (Smear Test)

Dorset & Wiltshire AAA Screening Programme

The Dorset and Wiltshire National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme invites all men registered with a GP for a screening in the year they turn 65. Men over 65 who have not previously been screened or treated for an AAA can request screening.

The Process will:

  • Identify aneurysms that need monitoring
  • Discover aneurysms that could rupture, enabling treatment to be offered
  • Reassure men who don't have an aneurysm.
  • An ultrasound scan of the abdomen is used to detect AAAs. The scan is carried out by a screener who is specially trained to work within the NHS AAA Screening Programme. The scan itself is quick, painless and non-invasive and the results are provided straight away.

The result

There are three possible results from the scan:

  1. Normal A normal result means that the aorta is not enlarged (there is no aneurysm). Most men have a normal result. No treatment or monitoring is needed afterwards. We will not invite you for AAA screening again.
  2. Small aneurysm found If we find a small aneurysm this means that the aorta is a little wider than normal. We invite men with a small aneurysm back for regular scans to check whether the aorta is getting bigger.
  3. Large aneurysm found If we find a large aneurysm this means that the aorta is much wider than normal. Only about 1 in 100 men who are screened have a large aneurysm. We give men with a large aneurysm an appointment with a specialist team to have more scans and to talk about possible treatment, usually an operation.

 

Telephone: 01722 336262 Ext 2640 or 2539

Email: salibury.aaa@nhs.net

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Cervical Screening (Smear Test)

Cervical Screening (Smear Test) is routinely offered to women as part of a National Screening Programme between the ages of 25 and 64.

This test is not to diagnose cervical cancer. The test is to check the health of the cervix, which is the lower part of the womb. For the majority of women the test will show that everything is fine but for 1 in 20 women there may be some changes in the cells that can be caused by many things; however most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer. Since the 1980’s, cervical cancer rates have halved mostly due to women having regular smear tests.

Women should be called routinely every 3 years until the age of 50, then the frequency is reduced to 5 yearly.

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