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Prostate Cancer Screening: Extra Time!

30 March 2016

Burnley Football Club is to host a third prostate cancer blood testing event next month.

The previous two sessions have been a huge success, with almost 700 men screened for the cancer, which is the most common form of male cancer, affecting one in eight men.

However, at the last session in February, around 150 men were turned away following a huge take-up for the heavily subsidised testing.

Clarets Director Barry Kilby has therefore honoured a commitment to host another potential life-saving session in the James Hargreaves Stand at the club, on the morning of Saturday, April 2 (9.30-12pm).

Mr Kilby, who is in the process of recovering from prostate cancer and, in 2015, set up the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal to help fellow sufferers, said: “The last testing session was an absolute success.

“Over 400 people tested and around 10% of those were referred see their doctors, highlighting the important of early detection.

“However, unfortunately, we had to turn more away that day, as we were simply unprepared for the enormous turn-out, so now we are going to run the event again at Turf Moor.

“This is a hugely important issue and we welcome anyone who wishes to attend on the morning of the Brighton game.”

Mr Kilby is again heavily subsidising the £40 private treatment cost of the blood testing day, which as a result - and an incentive to get checked out - will cost just £5 to attendees, who can walk-up on the day

The event is supported by the East Lancashire Prostate Cancer Group and Cheshire-based Gary Steele MBE and his team of qualified phlebotomists, who have voluntarily offered their services to administer the test, with the £5 donations going entirely to laboratory fees.

The test, recommended for men over the age of 50, or over 45 if there is a history of cancer in the family, takes around 30 seconds, with results being sent out between seven and 10 days.

For more information, please contact Stuart Marshall on 07976 268537.

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