Men in Preston are being urged to go for a free blood test to spot early signs of prostate cancer.Advertisement
It has become the third biggest killer in the UK and one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
During Saturday (13 October) between 10am and 12.30pm at The Great’s Room at Preston North End there’s the chance for early detection.
Men across the city are being urged to go for the test after a similar event saw three men diagnosed.
The Walnut Group teamed up with Conlon Construction for a previous event and 10 per cent of those screened received ‘red letters’ advising them to see their GP as soon as possible for further tests.
From this three men went on for treatment for the disease which may have remained undetected and had a potentially fatal outcome.
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Neil Conlon said: “Construction is still a male-dominated industry and it’s likely from the statistics that some of our own team, contractors and clients will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. That’s exactly why we want to stamp out prostate cancer with early detection and by funding this free screening event, we hope to save lives and show cancer the red card.
“Men don’t jump at the chance to visit their GP or to have their blood drawn, but the reality is that prostate cancer respects no male and deprives children and grandchildren from relationships with their dads and grandads.
“If it’s caught early before you develop any symptoms, then it’s more likely that you’ll survive. So we’re encouraging all males, regardless of their age, background, race and more, to come along and also for females to accompany their partners and show their support in improving awareness and early diagnoses.”
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Free parking is provided at PNE and the entrance to The Great’s Room is via the Sir Tom Finney stand.
You don’t need to register for the event, just turn up. More information about the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer can be found on the Prostate Cancer charity website.