A new analysis has suggested that 65-year-old men in England may benefit if they are screened for abdominal aortic aneurysms. In fact the analysis says screening could in fact halve deaths from the condition.
Data from a large trial involving 67,770 men found that there were 155 deaths from abdominal aortic aneurysms in those screened compared with 296 deaths in men who were not screened.
The current analysis found that after screening deaths from the condition were reduced by 42% at four years, 47% at seven years, and 48% at 10 years. The procedure was cost-effective as well at £7,600 per year of life gained after 10 years.
"We found that about half of all aneurysm-related deaths could be prevented by screening," said Professor Simon Thompson from the Medical Research Council. However a Danish study published in the British Medical Journal said a screening program at national level would be too expensive; something which Professor Thompson disagreed with.
The screening program will be rolled out in England gradually by 2013.