Our Prostate Cancer Awareness & free PSA blood test event
Why is PSA testing important?
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and more than 47,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that's 129 men every day. 1 in 8 men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.*
The aim is to make the local community aware of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer and to offer free PSA blood screening tests, as early detection and treatment can vastly increase the chances of survival. In 2019 free PSA tests were given to 1,600 men in the region.
Useful links: and NHS Prostate Cancer Be informed before choosing to take a test.
Why test?With one man every hour dying from prostate cancer and 47,500 new cases every year the Lions Club of Reading aims 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.
What happens on the day?
The PSA test is a blood screening test that measures the amount of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in the blood. PSA is a protein produced by normal cells in the prostate and by prostate cancer cells. It’s normal for a man to have a small amount of PSA. A raised PSA level may however suggest a problem with the prostate, but not necessarily cancer.
The event is open to all local men aged between 50 and 75 years. We particularly encourage men to come if they have never been tested before. Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and your risk increases as you get older. Currently, the majority of men are diagnosed between the ages of 60 and 80, but increasing numbers of men are coming for testing at an earlier age.
As there is currently no screening programme in the UK for prostate cancer, having a free PSA test can help to increase the chance of prostate cancer detection.
Staff will be on hand from both the Reading Lions Club and the Rutherford Cancer Centre Thames Valley, as well as Berkshire & Surrey Pathology who are providing the phlebotomy services and support for the blood tests. There will also be healthcare professionals available to answer any questions you may have about PSA testing.
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. 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 or other troubling symptoms.
How long does the test take?
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 with 'prostate event' and send to Lion Secretary Jo Hamblin, c/o 18, West Court, West Drive, Sonning, Reading, RG4 6GL.
'Men Against Cancer'
Sir John Madejski and Lion John Mack are supporting prostate cancer awareness.
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