More than 100 men turned out at an event held on Saturday 24 March 2012 to offer information, advice and free blood tests to men between 45 and 70, to highlight Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The event, which was held by private healthcare provider Spire Parkway Hospital, was also attended by the Deputy Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ian Courts, who has undergone treatment for prostate cancer after a PSA test detected it.
In total, 125 men attended to take advantage of the free testing and advice. Paula Naylor, Spire Parkway Hospital Director, said: “We’re delighted at the outcome of Saturday’s event. It was a real success and those who attended got to benefit from the consultant urologists who were on hand to answer any questions and give information and advice. The test results will be sent to those who had them – two copies so they can give one to their GP to keep on record. We think it’s really important to highlight this to men as they seem generally less-informed about symptoms and treatment than they should be.”
The test offered was a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test which detects the levels of PSA in the blood to determine if further testing is needed. Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (www.prostate-cancer.org.uk) is an annual event to highlight the disease, which is the most common cancer in men.
The Deputy Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ian Courts attended the event. He said, "The turn-out at the event at Spire Parkway on Saturday was fantastic - it's great that the message hit home with more than 100 men and I think the team did some wonderful work in highlighting this terrible disease. I do think there is a big job to be done in highlighting this issue further, as prostate cancer is killing 10,000 men every year in the UK.
“I was lucky that mine was caught very early as I was having regular blood testing to monitor PSA levels - in these cases time is really of the essence. Mine is a success story but there are many for whom the outcome is not so rosy, and I appeal both to men and women, as often it is the women who are the catalysts in getting their husbands to get checked out," he added.
Spire Parkway Hospital offers a range of healthcare services including weight loss surgery, cosmetic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, eye clinic, cardiology services and cancer care – among many others. All treatments are delivered under the highest of standards by highly qualified and experienced practitioners in comfortable accommodation and well equipped treatment rooms and operating theatres.
For further information on any of the services offered visit www.spireparkway.com or call 0845 850 1451.