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PROSTATE CANCER 6
You will have heard recent news reports that prostate cancer now kills more people in the UK than breast cancer, and is now the 3rd worst cancer in terms of deaths. In the UK every year 12,000 men die from prostate cancer-that is 1 death every 45 minutes.
Breast cancer charities have done a terrific job in the last few years, raising awareness of breast cancer & its symptoms, and that is a significant factor in reducing the number of deaths. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of prostate cancer and it remains a subject that is not really talked about.
On 28th March, Wadebridge Camels Rugby Club are once again kind enough to be hosting the Graham Fulford Charitable Trust who will be holding a PSA testing event with the help of local nurses who give their time voluntarily to support this event. The PSA test is a simple blood test, and although not definitive, is currently the only test available for the early detection of prostate cancer.
The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust was set up with the aim of raising awareness of prostate cancer. They have been holding these sessions across the UK for several years and have now helped to carry out over 85,000 PSA tests & more than 1300 cancers have been found. Many of these have been discovered in the early stages and lives have been saved.
Having spoken to some of the people picked up in the sessions at Wadebridge Camels over the last 3 years, quite often they have experienced no noticeable symptoms which should be of great concern to us all. The test doesn’t hurt-the nurses are fantastic-and all the Trust asks is a donation towards the cost of the test.
Please encourage all men over 40 to pop along to Wadebridge Camels, where the bar will be open, between 6pm & 9pm on Wednesday 28th March and hopefully they will not be one of the increasing number of gentlemen who are now very glad they made that effort.
If you would like any more information on the Graham Fulford Charitable Trust or PSA testing, please visit psatests.org.uk or contact 07831 156071 or 07785 354243.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article.
(This, and much more news, is in the current magazine)