Screening Women for Aneurysms (SWAN)
A one-off ultrasound screening of men at age 65 for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and subsequent recall of individuals with identified AAA has been shown to reduce AAA-related mortality and to be cost-effective for the NHS. Whether this extends to women is unknown, so at present the national AAA screening programme in the UK is restricted to men. However, 34% of deaths from AAA are now in women, and this proportion is likely to increase in the future. In this project, we will evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of AAA screening in women.