The Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal has saved an estimated 100 lives and is staging another testing day at Burnley Football Club to help more men combat the disease.
Early testing is crucial in the diagnosis and survival rates from prostate cancer with a simple blood test detecting an individual’s PSA (prostate specific antigen) level.
Results will indicate need for action to try and beat the most common cancer in men, affecting one in eight in their lifetimes and now over 400,000 men in the UK.
Burnley FC vice-chairman Mr Kilby has himself overcome prostate cancer and in 2016 launched an appeal to help others.
So far around 2,000 men have been tested, with Mr Kilby focusing the testing days around football clubs in an effort to encourage men to attend.
“As a rule, men don’t go to the doctors as they should,” said Mr Kilby, whose charity subsidises the testing days.
“However, they will go down to their football club and having the test has saved lives when otherwise detection may have been too late.
“Often when they get to know their symptoms it is over, and so I would say ‘come down and get tested and beat this.’”
The testing day at Turf Moor on Saturday, 23 June will be the fourth one held at Burnley, with the Appeal also having staged similar events at Preston North End, Blackburn Rovers, Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic.
The session will take place in the James Hargreaves Stand at Turf Moor from 10am-1pm with volunteers from the East Lancashire Prostate Cancer Support Group on hand to help and give advice, along with medical staff conducting a simple blood test.
Men aged 50 or over, or 45 or over with a family history of the illness, are welcome to attend with the cost of the test just £5.
The remainder is subsidised by the Appeal, which has had recent help from fund-raisers cycling from Bournemouth to Burnley for the Clarets’ final game of last season (pictured above) who raised approaching £15,000 and will hand over a cheque at the testing day on 23 June.
The XLCR Pendle Charity League also recently raised funds for the Appeal as part of their 50th anniversary dinner.
And football as a whole is a supporter of the Prostate Cancer UK charity with Burnley boss Sean Dyche last summer joining in a leg of Jeff Stelling’s epic ‘15 Marathons in 15 Days’ fund-raising walk.