Solihull –9th March, 2013 – Males from Solihull and beyond turned out for a free testing event held by a local healthcare provider, which offered blood tests to determine PSA levels, an indicator of prostate cancer. Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull held the event in support of the Sledgehammer fund, launched by Prostate Cancer UK (www.prostate-cancer.org.uk) and more than 130 men attended.
With prostate cancer being responsible for the 10,000 male deaths in the UK every year¹, Spire Parkway Hospital wanted to get involved to highlight awareness, and offered the test to men between the ages of 45 and 70, as well as giving them access to further information on prostate cancer and consultant urologists to answer questions.
Michael Palfrey, aged 57, from Shirley, Solihull, said: “I think it’s great to be able to access an event like this locally and that the hospital supports a national campaign to help raise awareness of a killer disease. The test was quick and painless and results will be sent to my GP within a couple of weeks, so it’s a great service".
“This is my third year of coming to get this test. A friend of mine had prostate cancer, which really highlighted to me the importance of getting tested,” he added.
The test given at the event was a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test, which is available on the NHS for men aged 50 and over. 2 out of 3 men with a raised PSA level will not have prostate cancer. The higher the level of PSA, the more likely it is to be a sign of cancer².
Consultant Urologist Alan Doherty said: “We’ve been holding the event for the past 2 years, and it proves hugely popular both with local men and those further afield who come along to take advantage of this free test and advice. This year was no different and it’s great to see men being more aware of this disease and seeing the testing as extremely important.”
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.
*According to information from www.prostate-cancer.org.uk.
¹Cancer Research UK Primary Care Education Research Group
² Cancer Research UK Primary Care Education Research Group