Prostrate Cancer – PSA Test Evening
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Donnington and Muxton Parish Council will be joining forces with Shropshire Prostate Cancer Support Group to invite men over 50 (and men over 45 if they have a family history of Prostate Cancer) to Our PSA test evening.
A PSA test is a free blood test which checks for levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) protein. Its normal to have PSA in your blood, but high levels can mean something is wrong – potentially Prostate Cancer. Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men, with 1 in 8 being diagnosed in their lifetime.
We spoke with the Chairman of Shropshire Prostate Cancer Support Group, Dennis Briggs, who told us about how effective their last PSA evening had been. In their most recent event at Oakengates a total of 303 men attended and shockingly, 25 of them tested positive for high PSA levels. Another 14 men were flagged up as ‘Amber’, which meant that they were directed to their GP for further investigation. When detected early, the survival rate is close to 100% after five years, however if detected late it drops to 28%. The PSA test is the best way to detect prostate cancer early.
A lovely lady from Telford was kind enough to share her story with us of her recent visit with her Husband to a PSA Evening in Newport. She told us ‘All those men eligible really ought to go. My husband went to the one that The Lions’ Club held in Newport. His PSA levels were high. His doctor couldn’t find anything wrong, and two specialists couldn’t find anything wrong. My husband had ABSOLUTELY NO SYMPTOMS whatsoever. A biopsy eventually picked it up, and just in time, as it hadn’t spread. So, I urge all men in this age group PLEASE get checked. It could save your life.’
Her story and the shocking statistics from their last event just goes to show how incredibly important it is for men to attend. Sparing an evening could quite literally save a life.
Our PSA evening will take place at Turreff Hall in Donnington, on the 28th of October 2019, between 5PM and 8PM.