The Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal is set to host another prostate cancer testing day at Turf Moor.
On Saturday, September 30, between 10am and 1pm, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests will be available for men over 50, or 45 if cancer is prevalent in their family, at a subsidised cost of just £5.
This follows two previous sessions. which have detected the early stages of prostate cancer in men – and saved lives!
This deadly disease will affect one in eight of the men at today’s match, and 40% of those men will be diagnosed at a late stage. One of the best ways to detect prostate cancer early is through screening.
The PSA test is a blood test that measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in a man’s blood, and is a quick and useful way of identifying those men who may be at risk of having prostate cancer.
One of the men who received an abnormal result following one of the Appeal’s testing events last year is the club’s PA announcer, Ian Bannister.
Ian said: “I went along to Turf Moor expecting to get the all-clear. Within three weeks, however, I had a diagnosis of early stage prostate cancer.
“Had I not attended the session, it may not have been detected until it was at a more advanced stage. I feel that early diagnosis is undoubtedly a benefit to many men”.
For those of you that attended the Appeal’s testing events last year, we recommended that you 'know your score' and come and take the test again to compare to your previous results and determine that your PSA level has not increased.
Should you be attending a testing event for the first time, a team of professional nurses and volunteers from the East Lancashire Prostate Cancer Support Group will be on hand to guide you through the screening process.
So do come and be tested. Detect early, survive longer and you could add years to your life.
For more information about the upcoming testing event, check out the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/BKPCA