FIVE men in Uttoxeter have received an abnormal result after being screened for prostate cancer in tests held by a Uttoxeter community group.
Of the 120 men who took advantage of the free cancer screenings held by Uttoxeter Lions at Uttoxeter Racecourse last month, five men received a potentially life-saving warning after getting an abnormal test result.
Uttoxeter Lions held the free cancer screenings at Uttoxeter Racecourse last month using the proceeds of last year’s Beer and Cider Festival.
The community group are now planning to hold the screening again next year, paying for the tests with profits raised from the upcoming Beer and Cider Festival which has expanded this year to be a two-day event and will take place on June 6 and 7 at the Oldfields Sports and Social Club, in Springfield Road.
Gary Hudson, Uttoxeter Lions member, said: “We had approximately 120 people show up for the prostate cancer screenings and letters have now gone out to everyone who came along.
“As a result of the screening we have had 113 green results, which means that they are clear, but are advised to get the recommended annual check up again next year.
“We had one amber result and five red results, which are potentially life-saving.
“This proves the exercise has been worthwhile as those men have been warned of their abnormal results and can now get checked out. The results have the potential to save lives.
“Interestingly it also shows from this sample that Uttoxeter men are healthier than the average UK man, as only five per cent compared to the usual 10 per cent of the men who attended the screening received a red result.”
As a warm up to the main Beer and Cider Festival on June 7, there is an Open Mic night in the festival marquee on the Friday evening from 7.30pm. Singers and musicians are invited to come along and play.
Mr Hudson added: “This year’s festival should be better than ever before. The Open Mic night is a way of encouraging local talent. Solo performers or bands with acoustic sets will be welcome.”
On the Saturday from 1pm the music line-up includes live covers band Upfront acoustic rock artist Jason Callear, and jazz singer Kate Copeland. Tickets are available from Oldfields Sports and Social Club at £7.50, which includes a souvenir glass tankard, programme with taster notes and entry into a quiz with beer prizes.