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County charity raising awareness of prostate cancer offering men over 45 the chance to check their health with a free blood test

Lorna Morris 30th Apr, 2018

A COUNTY charity raising awareness of prostate cancer is offering men over 45 the chance to check their health with a free blood test.

The Worcestershire Prostate Awareness Group will be at Droitwich Fire Station, Friar Street, from 9.30am to 1pm on May 19 measuring men’s Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels.

The PSA test is a simple blood test which can act as an indicator of a prostate problem.

An abnormal test can occur as a result of benign enlargement of the prostate or infection within the prostate or bladder, however, it is also possible to have a ‘normal’ PSA level and still have potentially serious disease within the prostate gland.

With 42,000 new cases of prostate cancer each year, the volunteer-run charity visits venues in Worcestershire and the surrounding areas offering men the test.

A charity spokesperson said many men are unaware of the potential killer, thinking increasing urinary symptoms were part of getting older but by the time prostate cancer produced symptoms it could be too late to cure.

“The earliest symptom of curable prostate cancer is to have no symptoms at all and unfortunately there is no perfect clinical test yet available to diagnose prostate cancer but a simple blood test can act as an indicator.”

Retired Consultant Urological Surgeon, DC Baxter-Smith will be present at each event.

Call 07522 504300 to arrange a test.

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