Prostate Cancer Check Event
On the 28th of October 2019 we held a PSA Evening at Turreff Hall in conjunction with Shropshire Prostate Cancer Support Group.
PSA stands for Prostate-specific antigen which is a protein produced exclusively by prostate cells. There is a simple blood test to measure your PSA level and this may help to detect early prostate cancer. The chance of having prostate cancer goes up as your PSA level increases.
Men over 50 (45 if there’s a history of Prostate cancer within the family) from Donnington and Muxton were invited to the event to be tested and a whopping 360 men attended. With lines forming outside the hall the nurses got to work, diligently carrying out quick and relatively painless blood tests.
Of the 360 men that were tested, 16 of them tested as ‘Red’ which means that there are high levels of PSA in the blood and they were advised to see their Doctor for further investigation. Another 11 men tested as ‘Amber’, meaning their PSA levels were elevated and also needed further investigation by their GP.
We spoke with the Chairman of The Shropshire Prostate Cancer Support Group, Dennis Briggs, who told us “we couldn’t actually do this without the support from Local Councils. It is really wanted and needed.” It’s wonderful to hear about the positive impact local councils are having on the community and to see what a difference can be made.
The Chairman of Donnington and Muxton Parish Council was also tested on the day and said ‘We hope as a result of this PSA event to remain a healthy as we can, but also at the same time, it’s a good event to build up some good community spirit as well’. We most certainly second this sentiment! Seeing the community come together in awareness of not only their personal health, but also such a great cause is truly inspiring. Telford Lions very kindly made a donation to the charity of a massive £1000 and Henry Edwards & Sons also presented Shropshire Prostate Cancer Support Group with a £50 donation, in memory of Alpheus Bennett.
As a result of this event the Parish discussed a proposal from Shropshire Prostate Cancer Awareness group to help financially support one main event per year along with other town and Parish Councils. The Parish has resolved to support this event on an annual basis and contribute £2000 towards it if goes ahead.
We hope this news story encourages more men to get tested and consequently saves more lives!
Last modified: February 21, 2020