Lions Third Telford Prostate Screening
For the third year running free prostate screening is to be available to men over the age of 50.
The testing session is to be held at the Abraham Darby Academy Madeley and, as in the two previous years, it is being organised and funded by a partnership of the Ironbridge Lions and Rotary Clubs with support from the National Lottery.
The testing involves a very simple blood test designed to identify the level of the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). It is administered by a team of professional phlebotomists under the supervision of senior nurse Julie Rich and with the support of retired Consultant Urological Surgeon, Mr David Baxter-Smith. The blood samples are then sent away for analysis and the results are communicated by letter with advice about any follow-up action considered appropriate.
The testing is programme which has the enthusiastic support of local boxing hero Richie Woodall is intended to cover men over the age of 50 – over 40 for those with a family history of prostate cancer or over 45 for those from an ethnic background known to have a higher risk.
The first testing session, in 2017, attracted over 400 men and by March 2018 when we ran the 2nd session, this had risen to more than 700. This year, assuming a further increase, we have ordered 1000 test kits.
Although the testing is provided free of charge, those attending are invited to make such contribution as they can afford towards the £17 cost of the test. No appointment is necessary – just turn up at the Ab Dab between 6 and 8 pm on 25th March.