29 November 2016
A Solihull charity evening helped raise money for Prostate Cancer Awareness by offering free checks and blood tests for men over 40 years old.
The event was held at Bupa's Solihull Health and Dental Clinic on Station Road when Dr Samantha Wild and Dr Husam Suliman who held 15-minute consultations and a blood test in exchange for a donation to the charity.
Dr Wild's father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January and since then she has taken part in a series of events aimed at raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
Staff at the Bupa Clinic joined forces with Spire Parkway Hospital to support the cause and demonstrate how both Bupa and Spire work in partnership to support men through what can be a very worrying time.
Mr Shankar Chandrasekharan, a Consultant Urologist from Spire Parkway Hospital, was also on hand to give expert advise on symptoms and treatments.
He said: “Prostate cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer claiming 10,000 lives a year but it seems that many men are still putting off a visit to their doctors. Events like this show the importance of getting checked out as early diagnosis nearly always results in more successful treatment.
“You should also discuss the potential downsides of having a PSA test with your doctor before having it done.”
The evening was a great success and has so far contributed £442 towards Prostate Cancer UK. The Centre Manager at Bupa Health & Dental Centre Solihull, Deborah Pepper said: “I'm so proud to see the teams working together to support such a good cause and raise this much needed awareness.”
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Chris Fagg Health Adviser, Deborah Pepper BUPA Centre Manager, Dr Samantha Wild, Mr Chandrasekharan Consultant Urologist at Spire Parkway Hospital, Sharon Llewellyn GP Liaison Officer at Spire Parkway Hospital, Lisa Setaro Admin Manager, Dr Husam Suliman, Robert Williams Health Adviser