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Politics Matters: Screening men for abdominal aortic aneurysm saves around 170 lives a year in Scotland and all men aged 65 and over are invited by the NHS to get the scan


By Andrew Dixon

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David Stewart columnist.
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Former MSP David Stewart argues that a simple and painless scan helps save lives so mail Courier leaders should seriously consider it if invited

Popped into Raigmore Hospital this week to have an important and painless scan. I did not realise until this week that all men in Scotland aged 65 and over are invited by the NHS to screen for a condition called abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).

The condition is most common in men aged 65 and over, and around five in every 100 men over 65 have the condition.

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