15th Jul, 2018

Free blood test on offer in bid to stop prostate cancer in its tracks

Ross Crawford 16th May, 2018

COUNTY firefighters are joining the battle against prostate cancer by holding a free public PSA blood test for all men aged 45 and over this Saturday, May 19.

Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer to affect men in the United Kingdom.

In all 48,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, which is the equivalent to 25 new cases each day.

Yet prostate cancer, like most other forms of cancer, if diagnosed early and treated can be cured.

At the earliest stage there are no symptoms, and by the time the symptoms arise the disease can be incurable.

At present the only indicator of an early curable prostate cancer is the PSA blood test.

Retired urology surgeon Dr David Baxtersmith works with charities nationwide to increase prostate awareness and is offering the free PSA blood tests.

Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: “Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is keen to support this important initiative, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it resonates strongly with our ‘Saving More Lives’ vision of using our buildings and resources to positively contribute to the wider health and wellbeing of our local communities.”

The event has been organised with the Worcestershire Prostate Awareness Group and is at Droitwich Fire Station in Friar Street from 9.30am to 1pm.

Note – this is not a walk-in clinic – to arrange your test call 07522 504 300.

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