National Awareness Campaigns:

Updated on 1st February 2019 at 8:00 am


February 2019

4th February world cancer day

18th – 24th February OCD Week of Action

25 February – 3rd March Eating Disorders Awareness Week


January 2019

21 – 27 January Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 


October 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month




Drink less – OneYou


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.


APRIL 2018

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month –


MARCH 2018

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Prostate Cancer Awareness

National No Smoking Day 14th of March –

February 2018

National Heart Month –  


January 2018

Dry January

National Obesity Awareness Week

(8 – 14 January)

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

(22 – 28 January)


November 2017

Mouth Cancer Action Month

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Domestic Abuse Awareness Week 20th -26th November 2017

September 2017

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Falls prevention awareness week

Friday 22nd September 2017 – Friday 29th September 2017



June 2017

Diabetes Week – 14/06/17 – 20/06/17


Cervical Screening Awareness Week 12/06/17 – 18/06/17

MAY 2017

Sun Awareness Week – 08/05/17 – 14/05/17

Mental Health Week – 12/05/17 – 18/05/17


APRIL 2017

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month


MARCH 2017

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


Prostate Cancer Awareness Month