Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)Screening
AAA screening is offered to men during the screening year (1 April to 31 March) that you turn 65. Men aged 65 and over are most at risk of AAAs, and screening can help spot a swelling in the aorta at an early stage.
Screening is not routinely offered to groups where there is a smaller risk of an AAA. These are:
- men under the age of 65
- anyone who has already been treated for an AAA
Men who are resident in England will receive an invitation in the post for screening when they are aged 64 or 65.
Men over 65 who have not received an invitation can contact their local AAA screening service to make an appointment.
To book an appointment if you missed yours, contact NHS Five Rivers AAA screening service
PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer
There is not a national screening programme for prostate cancer, but there is a prostate cancer risk management programme (PCRMP) which provides guidance for testing asymptomatic men or people with a prostate who ask about prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing. The PSA test is available free to any well man aged 50 and over who requests it
You should not have a PSA test if
- you have had a urinary infection within previous 6 weeks
- you have ejaculated in previous 48 hours
- you have exercised vigorously, for example cycling in previous 48 hours
- had a urological intervention such as prostate biopsy in previous 6 weeks
If you are a trans woman or non-binary person assigned male at birth you can still get prostate cancer. If you are worried about your risk or any symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor. The tests you have will depend on your history and any treatment you’re currently taking.
Bowel Cancer Screening
NHS bowel cancer screening checks if you could have bowel cancer. It's available to everyone aged 60 to 74 years.
The programme being expanded to make it available to everyone aged 50 to 59 years. This is happening gradually over 4 years and started in April 2021.
You use a home test kit, called a faecal immunochemical test (FIT), to collect a small sample of poo and send it to a lab. This is checked for tiny amounts of blood.
Bowel cancer is the 4th most common type of cancer. Screening can help prevent bowel cancer or find it at an early stage, when it's easier to treat.
If you develop a new change to your bowel habit, pass blood in you poo or are losing weight unexpectedly, you should speak to one of our healthcare time by call the care navigators on 01728 723627.
Regularly checking your testicles from puberty can help find a testicular cancer earlier when it is easier to treat. Please look at the following link for more advice