PROSTATE SCREENING


PLEASE NOTE: THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE IS NOT A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER

YOUR DOCTOR MUST BE YOUR FINAL ADVISOR IN ANY HEALTH MATTERS


If you have any questions or require any more information please get in touch by email: mark.hazell@hookandodihamlions.co.uk or call 07817 886 002

As you may recall Covid-19 forced us to cancel our May 2020 Prostate Cancer Screening event. The good news is that we are back and testing of 207 Men took place on Saturday 21st May 10.00-13.00 at the Odiham Cottage Hospital, RG29 1NE. Although we cancelled the event in 2020 prostate cancer has not been cancelled and it is now the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in men in the UK.

Our prostate cancer screening process will provide you with your current Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) score and this will be accompanied by a Red, Amber or Green flag and any appropriate recommended next actions. Although this test is not conclusive, it can be a leading indicator if any further analysis is required. Another benefit of having a PSA test is that it can be used to compare with any previous tests and start to build an overall picture of your PSA ‘velocity’ (the speed of movement of your scores in a given direction).

In our attempt to help combat this disease we wish to provide prostate cancer screening, free of charge, for the first 200 men who register online. For those who are unable to attend on the 21st May our DIY home testing kits are also still available online, at a 50% discount for local men, that can be completed in the comfort of your own home.

If you think you have prostate cancer symptoms (see the Prostate Cancer UK website prostatecanceruk.org) or you do not wish to wait for our next event we strongly encourage you to arrange a visit with your GP or, if that is not possible, then to order and complete a Home Testing Kit.

We have teamed up with the Graham Fulford Charitable Trust to provide both the 21st May event and also the home testing kits which typically cost £24.99. After our subsidy, using the code HOLIONS50, this will cost local men £12.50.

If you would like to know more and or are unable to get a test with your doctor please go to holc.mypsatests.org.uk for more information on the home testing kits.

A recent testimonial…..

“I am truly indebted to Hook & Odiham Lions for their initiative to encourage men like me to undertake PSA blood tests to indicate the presence or otherwise of Prostate Cancer.

The Lions persuaded me to have a PSA blood test as a preventative health screening measure, despite me not having any recognisable symptoms of Prostate Cancer. To my surprise and concern, my test results came back indicating abnormally high levels of prostate-specific antigen in my blood. As they say, the rest is history….after a series of follow up tests to confirm the presence of the cancer, I elected to undergo surgery to have my prostate gland removed.

Thanks to the early identification of the condition, post-operative follow-up tests indicate that the cancer was caught in time and is likely to have been eradicated.

The proactive screening promoted by Hook & Odiham Lions, and the early and speedy intervention by the brilliant NHS has been critical to this successful outcome for me.”

We would also like to thank the following for their help in securing donations towards this prostate screening event:

· Hook Dental

· Hampshire County Councillors - Jonathan Glenn, Adrian Collett and Steve Forster

· Hook Parish Council

Please note the author of this article is not a medical practitioner. If you have any questions please contact Mark Hazell on mark.hazell@hookandodihamlions.co.uk