MEN are being warned not to miss vital health screenings.
Doctors at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust are urging men to attend abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screenings.
The scans detect for early signs of an aneurysm which could kill if left undetected.
Although attendances of the appointments has improved health chiefs have said it could be better.
Around 27% of patients are currently failing to take up the appointment and this drops to 13% after a reminder is automatically sent out.
To date, around 3,500 men have been invited for the free screening.
Invitations are automatically sent to men aged 65 or in their 65th year.
The trust’s programme lead Kathryn Aldous said: “Attendances are getting better which is good to see but we should be aiming for 100% take up.
“It is a quick, simple, pain-free scan across the stomach and could save your life.”
Since the screening started in January, a total of 42 men are now on a ‘surveillance programme.’