FREE PSA Testing

Saturday 1st June 2019 - 10:00am

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The New-Man Prostate Cancer Support Organisation are providing free PSA tests for men aged between 50 and 79 - or from age 45 if a man has a relative who has had prostate cancer. 

We ask men who would like to have PSA tests to telephone David Harrop on 01305 266892

The New-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group covers Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport and the surrounding areas. We provide support for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and for their partners.

PCaSo, is the Prostate Cancer Support Organisation which covers Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex.

Both groups believe that men should be more aware of the risk of prostate cancer.  Nationally, about 49,000 men are diagnosed with the disease, and about 11,000 men die from it, each year.  The key to treatment of the disease – in some cases curing it – is early diagnosis.

PSA is the prostate specific antigen, a marker in man’s blood.  An unusually high PSA reading suggests a problem with the prostate gland which should be investigated by a doctor.

For some years the two support groups have co-operated in providing free PSA tests for men aged between 50 and 79 – or from age 45 if a man has a relative who has had prostate cancer.

On this occasion we are delighted to be supported by the Weymouth and Portland Lions, who have generously contributed towards our costs and will be helping with the administration on the day.

We ask men who would like to have PSA tests telephone David Harrop on 01305 266892 to book appointments. This will minimise queuing.

On the day, a man attending for a test will complete a form giving us permission to take a small blood sample for analysis and including some background information.  We show him a short video in which a consultant urologist explains why we use this test.  Then a professionally qualified phlebotomist will take the blood sample from his arm. The whole procedure takes about 30 to 40 minutes, and we offer tea or coffee and a biscuit whilst he does the paperwork.

The blood sample is taken to the pathology laboratory at Dorset County Hospital.  The result of the analysis is passed on, together with the paper form, to be considered by an appropriately qualified doctor who then writes directly to the man telling him the result.

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