Breast Cancer Awareness Month – www.breastcancercare.org.uk
Stoptober – www.nhs.uk/oneyou
Drink less – OneYou https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/drink-less/
AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) Screening
AAA stands for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen.
In some people, as they get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and above. Men are six times more likely to have an aneurysm than women and your risk of having an aneurysm increases if you are or have been a smoker, you have high blood pressure or you have a close family member who has had one.
If you have an AAA you will not usually notice any signs or symptoms; this means cannot tell if you have one, will not feel any pain or notice anything different. Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious. As the wall of the aorta stretches it becomes weak and can burst, causing internal bleeding. Around 85% die when an aneurysm bursts.
An aorta that is only slightly larger than normal is not dangerous; however, it is still important to know about it so that we can check if the aneurysm is getting bigger.
AAA screening is a free NHS national programme that screens men aged 65 plus to check if they have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening is by invitation and uses an ultra sound scan. If you are a man aged over 65 you are more at risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm that any other demographic so this is why you will be invited for screening.
We offer screening so we can find aneurysms early and monitor or treat them. This greatly reduces the chances of the aneurysm causing serious problems.
Men over 65 who have not previously been screened or diagnosed with an aneurysm can request a scan by contacting their local programme directly on: 0191 445 2554
The North East of England and North Cumbria AAA screening programme is run from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, you will be invited to a local clinic for an ultra sound scan. Our centre covers the area from North Yorkshire to Berwick and North Cumbria.
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – www.bowelcanceruk.org
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – www.targetovariancancer.org.uk
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – www.prostatecanceruk.org
National No Smoking Day 14th of March – www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking
National Heart Month – www.bhf.org.uk/heartmonth
Dry January – www.alcoholconcern.org.uk
National Obesity Awareness Week
(8 – 14 January)
Cervical Cancer Prevention Week – www.jostrust.org.uk
(22 – 28 January)
Mouth Cancer Action Month – http://www.mouthcancer.org
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month – http://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk
Domestic Abuse Awareness Week 20th -26th November 2017
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – www.cclg.org.uk
Falls prevention awareness week
Friday 22nd September 2017 – Friday 29th September 2017
Diabetes Week – 14/06/17 – 20/06/17
Cervical Screening Awareness Week 12/06/17 – 18/06/17
Sun Awareness Week – 08/05/17 – 14/05/17
Mental Health Week – 12/05/17 – 18/05/17
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month