1,500 men attend the Prostate Cancer Awareness and Free PSA Screening event  Saturday 11th March 2017 - Circle Hospital Reading 

What happens at our prostate cancer awareness events?

Our aim is to make the local community aware of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer and to offer free prostate PSA screening blood tests.

Who was invited: We invited all local men over 45 or those who are younger and have a family history of prostate cancer to come along to the Circle Hospital Reading on the 11th March 2017 to learn more about prostate cancer and take a PSA blood test.

WHY TEST MEN?
With one man every hour dying from prostate cancer and 40,000 new cases every year the Lions Club of Reading and Circle Hospital Reading aim to provide a FREE PSA blood test to as many men over 50 as possible who chose to take the test. It's well proven that early detection and treatment may vastly increase your chances of survival.

HOW?
We work with retired Consultant Urologist Mr David Baxter-Smith and a number of trained phlebotomists, who have all been heavily involved in our previous prostate cancer screening events. The test is not what many men fear - after taking a simple blood sample on the day, the samples are sent to a specialist laboratory for analysis and the results conveyed direct to Mr Baxter-Smith who writes personally to every man taking part with their own individual results. Your results letter will be coded red, amber or green and will provide advice on next steps to take, if any.

You are reminded that by definition the test is only an indicative one and we strongly urge you to follow up with your GP if advised to do so by Mr Baxter - Smith. Very occasionally the result could be normal even though your prostate is abnormal and you should seek advice from your GP if you have trouble passing urine. Click here to read more about the prostate and to help you decide whether to take the test.

WHO?

All men over the age of 45 and men over 40 who have a family history of prostate cancer. We would like you to pass the word to family, friends and work colleagues. Our aim is to reach as many men in the Reading area as we can.

HOW LONG DOES THE TEST TAKE?
Please allow 30 to 45 minutes for registration and test although this may take longer at busy times.

HOW MUCH?
Donate on lineThe test is free of charge to all men attending and is funded by Reading Lions Club. The costs of holding an evening of this type is approximately 14,000, largely due to the cost of the laboratory analysis (based on 700 tests @ 20.00 per person). Any donation by you on the day or by clicking the 'mydonate' button is gratefully accepted and will help fund and expand this vital work. Alternatively please send a cheque direct / pay direct into our Charity Account as follows: Click here for the Gift Aid form.....

Please make your cheque payable to: The Lions Club of Reading and endorse the back of the cheque with 'prostate event' and send to Lion Steve Smith, Treasurer Lions Club of Reading, c/o Querton, Manor Road, Goring-on-Thames, Oxon, RG8 9ED.

To make a payment by electronic transfer to : Barclays Bank / Account no: 80795070 - sort code: 20-71-03 - Name: Reading Lions Club Charity Trust Fund. Please use the reference 'prostate'.

 

READING LIONS CLUB:
The Lions Club of Reading
 is a local group of volunteers who aim to promote the health and wellbeing of the Reading community by improving the local environment, helping individuals in times of need, supporting Reading based community groups and local charities. Every penny raised goes into our community projects. Our aim is to serve the people of Reading and make a difference. Lions Clubs are also members of an international network of men and women with more than 1.4 million members who all work together to answer the needs that challenge communities across the world.

If you would like to nominate a local cause, offer your assistance as a 'Friend of Lions' or find out more about our clubs fundraising and social activities then call 0845 8337 431 or email: secretary@readinglions.org.uk

Company and individual sponsorship opportunities are available and welcomed for this and other events.