PROSTATE CANCER AWARNESS EVENT: A Big thank you to the 1101 men who turned up to our prostate cancer awareness event on the 10th March 2016 and took the free prostate cancer PSA test. It was a very busy evening and we know many of you had to wait patiently for your test. Thanks very much to everyone who gave a donation on the night. Your contributions will help us with future events. If you would like to make a donation please use the my donate button below.
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Our next event is on the Saturday 11th March 2017 - more detail to follow.
A very big thank you to the following who have either sponsored this year's event or supported us in some way: Sir John Madejski OBE DL, Mr David Baxter-Smith; BBC Radio Berkshire; Cooper Reading BMW; Cunningham Lindsey (UK); Hilton Reading; M Collard Waste Management Services; Jackfm; Phlebotomists from Royal Berkshire Hospital; Phlebotomists and staff from CircleReading Hospital; Tony Lees & Sons Plumbing & Heating; Quality Stationers; Reading Buses; Rabbits Vehicle Hire; Mr Steven Richardson; The Reading Male Voice Choir; The Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group; the Lions Club of Woodley & Earley; the Mayor of Reading Cllr Sarah Hacker; the Englefield Charitable Trust and others.
'Together we are making a difference'
Prostate cancer is the biggest killer of men over 50 in the UK. One man dies every hour in the UK and early treatment saves lives.
Sir John Madejski OBE DL joins Reading Lions at CircleReading Hospital every year for a PSA test.
Whilst getting an OK result is a relief, we know the odds of beating prostate cancer with early treatment are excellent and without question our health is worth a few minutes of time any day. We would urge the men of Reading to join us in taking advantage of this valuable service.
The PSA is a blood indicator test which flags up risk and any need for further testing.
What happens at our prostate awareness events:
WHY TEST MEN?
With one man every hour dying from prostate cancer and 40,000 new cases every year the Lions Club of Reading and CircleReading aim to provide a FREE PSA blood test to as many men over 50 as possible who chose to take the test. It's well proven that early detection and treatment may vastly increase your chances of survival.
We work with retired Consultant Urologist Mr David Baxter-Smith and a number of trained phlebotomists, who have all been heavily involved in our previous prostate cancer screening events. The test is not what many men fear - after taking a simple blood sample on the day, the samples are sent to a specialist laboratory for analysis and the results conveyed direct to Mr Baxter-Smith who writes personally to every man taking part with their own individual results. Your results letter will be coded red, amber or green and Mr Baxter - Smith will give advice on the next steps to take, if any, in the letter.
You are reminded that by definition the test is only an indicative one and we strongly urge you to follow up with your GP if advised to do so by Mr Baxter - Smith. Very occasionally the result could be normal even though your prostate is abnormal and you should seek advice from your GP if you have trouble passing urine. Click here to read more about the prostate and to help you decide whether to take the test.
All men over the age of 50 and men over 45 who have a family history of prostate cancer. We would like you to pass the word to family, friends and work colleagues. Our aim is to reach as many men in the Reading area as we can.
HOW LONG DOES THE TEST TAKE?
Please allow 30 minutes for registration and test although this may take a little longer at busy times.
The test is free of charge to men over 50 and is funded by Reading Lions Club. The costs of holding an evening of this type is approximately £14,000, largely due to the cost of the laboratory analysis (based on 700 tests @ £20.00 per person). Any donation by you on the day or by clicking the 'mydonate' button is gratefully accepted and will help fund and expand this vital work. Alternatively please send a cheque direct / pay direct into our Charity Account as follows: Click here for the Gift Aid form.....
Please make your cheque payable to: The Lions Club of Reading and endorse the back of the cheque with 'prostate event' and send to Lion John Mack, Treasurer Lions Club of Reading, c/o 20 Woods Road, Caversham RG4 6NA.
To make a payment by electronic transfer to : Barclays Bank / Account no: 80795070 - sort code: 20-71-03 - Name: Reading Lions Club Charity Trust Fund. Please use the reference 'prostate'.
READING LIONS CLUB:
The Lions Club of Reading is a local group of volunteers who aim to promote the health and wellbeing of the Reading community by improving the local environment, helping individuals in times of need, supporting Reading based community groups and local charities. Every penny raised goes into our community projects. Our aim is to serve the people of Reading and make a difference. Lions Clubs are also members of an international network of men and women with more than 1.4 million members who all work together to answer the needs that challenge communities across the world.
If you would like to nominate a local cause, offer your assistance as a 'Friend of Lions' or find out more about our clubs fundraising and social activities then call 0845 8337 431 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Company and individual sponsorship opportunities are available and welcomed for this and other events.
This event is able to continue due to the valued support of:
CircleReading Hospital, Sir John Madejski OBE DL, Mr David Baxter-Smith, BBC Radio Berkshire; Cooper Reading BMW; Cunningham Lindsey (UK); Hilton Reading; M Collard Waste Management Services; Jackfm; Phlebotomists from Royal Berkshire Hospital; Phlebotomists and staff from CircleReading Hospital; Tony Lees & Sons Plumbing & Heating; Quality Stationers; Reading Buses; Rabbits Vehicle Hire; Mr Steven Richardson; The Reading Male Voice Choir; The Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group; the Lions Club of Woodley & Earley, Sharon Papierowski, Melvin Blunt, Andy Goodchild, Sean Morris and others.
The Lions Club of Reading - Registered Charity (no: 1126848) and member of Lions Clubs International