AFTER members of a Uttoxeter community group were affected personally by a potentially deadly disease, the group decided to put the proceeds of a festival towards free ‘life-saving’ cancer testing.
Uttoxeter Lions held a free of charge prostate cancer screening at The Hoops Bar, at Uttoxeter Racecourse, in Wood Lane, enabling all men to undergo a routine check which is recommended to be taken by all men over the age of 50 once a year.
A number of members of the Lions have been personally affected by the disease, and this was one of the reasons the group chose to hold the free event, which involved men receiving a straight-forward blood test with results back in the space of three weeks.
The event was a success with 119 people attending to get checked, and the Lions plan to hold similar events in coming years.
Simon Smith, president of the Uttoxeter Rotary Club, said: “We had 119 people show up to be tested. It’s incredibly important that men get tested.
“Normally tests cost £15 so we didn’t want that to stop people from getting a simple check that could save their life.
“A number of us have been touched personally by this life threatening condition so this was the reason we chose to do something a bit different with the money raised from last year’s Beer and Cider Festival.
“It was successful, even though not as many showed up as we anticipated - we think this was down to the Bank Holiday weekend.
“We are certainly looking to do a similar event on an annual basis because it’s such an important cause and a worthy recipient of funds from the Beer and Cider Festival.
“It’s a good way to spend money raised and can potentially pick up results which would otherwise have gone unnoticed.
“Some men can be embarassed to get tested so it’s a good way for them to come along in a relaxed environment.
“It’s the most common cancer to affect men.
“We’d hope to host the next event at around the same time next year.”
MP Andrew Griffiths supported the event and urged members of the public to go along for the free testing.
More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. Over 250,000 men are currently living with the disease.
Prostate cancer can grow slowly or very quickly. Most prostate cancer is slow-growing to start with and may never cause any problems or symptoms in a man’s lifetime. However, some men will have cancer that is more aggressive or ‘high risk.’
More information is available at: prostatecancer.org