Prostate Testing Sessions 13th October 2018

Burgess Hill District Lions have teamed up with the Prostate Cancer Support Organisation (PCaSO) to offer a free PSA testing session for men. The last testing took place in the Cyprus Hall in Burgess Hill Town Centre on Saturday 13th October 2018.  See the poster here.  The screening was strictly by prior appointment and we had a great take-up for this testing.

We had 280 men come for testing at our first session on 8th October 2016 and we were pleased to get 342 men along to our last one on 21st October 2017. It was so successful that we organised another one in 2018 as this is a vital service. This was on 13th October 2018 in Cyprus Hall, as The Martlets is now closed. We were extremely pleased to get 444 men along for testing this time!

MP Nicholas Soames supporting the testing session

Similar sessions have recently been organised by Lions Clubs in Worthing and Brighton and these have been well attended and have proved to be very worthwhile.

1 in every 2 men will have a problem with their prostrate gland at some stage on their lives.  It could be infection, enlargement or cancer.  Burgess Hill District Lions, together with PCaSO will be offering free PSA screening for men aged between 40 and 75. 

The screening is conducted by trained personnel and nurses who will take a blood sample from the arm that will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. The test result will then be posted to the man.

PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen and this simple blood test measures the amount of antigen produced by the prostate entering the blood. It is not a direct test for cancer as a moderately raised reading can be an indicator of other problems. A high reading merely acts as an advice for further tests to see if any other treatment is needed.

Some leading clinicians believe all men over 50 should know their PSA level and have regular yearly checks.  Unlike some other screenings, PSA screening is not offered automatically on NHS, which is why Burgess Hill District Lions Club is working with PCaSO to provide this invaluable service.

Almost 11,000 men die of prostate cancer each year and this simple, quick test could prove to be a lifesaver. A spokesman for Burgess Hill District Lions Club said that "if our screening event helps save just one life it then it will be well worth the investment".