On Saturday 5th October Alton Lions Club (CIO) hosted an event, at Alton Community Centre, that offered men between 45 and 75 the opportunity to have a blood test to check for symptoms of prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men and can often be treated successfully. Each year in the UK over 47,000 men are diagnosed with it and about 11,000 die of it. Recent publicity by celebrities (thank you Stephen Fry and Bill Turnbull among others) has drawn more attention to the disease.
The event was organised and managed by Alton Lions Club (CIO) and made use of the test facilities offered by the Prostate Cancer Support Organisation (PCaSO). PCaSO is a registered charity specialising in providing the phlebotomists and equipment needed to take and analyse the required blood tests. The results are individually fed back to each man tested with a recommendation, if necessary, for further action.
The event was promoted by adverts in local media, substantial distribution through the local area of leaflets and posters, and the provision of a website to publicise, explain and process the individual requests for a test.
Between 10 am and 2 pm a total of 208 men were tested, each of whom will receive their own test result within the next ten days.
This was the second test day organised by Alton Lions Club (CIO) and the 208 tests represent a significant increase on the previous year bringing the total of tests carried out to 355. Alton Lions Club (CIO) is committed to serving the local community with one of its objects ‘the advancement of health and the saving of lives’ and are considering making this a regular annual event.
Pictures show the Alton Lions Club organising team with Alton Town Mayor Graham Titterington after his test and a blood sample being taken.