Issue 16 September 2019

Matters

Are you man enough?

PSA blood testOne in every two men will have a health problem with their prostate at some stage of their lives. It could be an infection, enlargement or cancer. One in every eight men will develop prostate cancer and those of African-Caribbean origin and those with a family history of the disease are two to three times more likely to be at risk.

The charity Prostate Cancer Support Organisation is working in partnership with Burgess Hill District Lions to offer FREE PSA testing for men aged between 45 and 80 on 12th October at the Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill. It's a simple blood test that measures the amount of antigen, which is produced by the prostate, that's entering the blood. It is not a direct test for cancer but a moderately raised reading can be an indicator of a prostate problem and a high reading should trigger further tests to determine if there is a need for any treatment.

Without screening, around 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. It is now the leading cancer found in men. Around 11,800 men die of this disease annually, one every 45 minutes. Caught in the early stages, cure rates are dramatically improved with over 80% success. General symptoms of problems with the prostate are frequent need to urinate, especially at night; bursting to urinate, slow flow, difficult, painful; stop/start and dribbling, or blood in the urine.

It is essential to BOOK AN APPOINTMENT in order to take advantage of the FREE PSA test. To book your place, head online to www.psatesting.org/burgess-hill or call 0845 650 2555.

Testing will also be available in East Grinstead on 23rd November at the East Grinstead Town Council offices, East Court Mansion.

 



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The survey showed that lack of public charging points and range anxiety were significant factors discouraging people from switching. WSCC has taken into account those results and has produced a draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy, which is now open for public consultation until Tuesday 1 October.

Residents, businesses and commuters into the county are being asked 16 questions to see if the strategy will help address the initial barriers and give individuals the confidence to switch to EV’s.

Early investment in infrastructure to support the transition from petrol and diesel vehicles to alternative fuels is critical. Long-term it will also help improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions across the county.

With electric vehicles looking to be similar price wise to conventional vehicles in the UK as early as 2021, WSCC wants the public’s view on its draft strategy so they can make sure it’s fit for purpose. Whether you currently own or drive an electric vehicle, are considering buying one in the future, or even if you have no plans to switch, they would like to hear from you.

All consultation responses will help shape the final Electric Vehicle Strategy. You can take part by visiting the Have Your Say Consultation Hub on the WSCC website.