Free prostate testing for men being offered in Burgess Hill

The prostate blood tests are simple and free. Picture: Steve Robards
The prostate blood tests are simple and free. Picture: Steve Robards

Burgess Hill District Lions has teamed up with the Prostate Cancer Support Organisation (PCaSO) to offer a free PSA testing session for men.

The testing will take place in Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill, on Saturday, October 13.

The screening will be 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.

A spokesman for the Lions said: “If our screening event helps save just one life it then it will be well worth the investment.”

Men aged between 40 and 80 wishing to take part are asked to ring 0845 8332706 after September 3, to make an appointment.

PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen. The screening is not offered automatically on the NHS which is why the Lions are working with PCaSO to provide the service.

A spokesman added: “The 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.

“One in every two men will have a problem with their prostrate gland at some stage on their lives.

“It could be infection, enlargement or cancer. 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.”

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