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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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