Raising Awareness about Prostate Cancer

Posted on 02. Jun, 2017 by in Charity, Featured, Health

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The Cotswolds Prostate Cancer Support Group arranged an awareness evening on 31st May 2017 at Marling School, Stroud. In this short film one of their members, Robert Powell talks about raising awareness. For more info: https://sites.google.com/site/cpcsg2014/home

 

Film by Philip Booth. Update below 5th June 2017:

Stroud prostate cancer blood test success

Last Wednesday’s free public blood testing session held with kind permission at Marling School, Stroud, was a huge success. It was organised by the Cotswolds Prostate Cancer Support Group charity, with the help of volunteers from the Gloucester and Cheltenham branches of Lions International.

“ Our fantastic team of phlebotomists worked flat out and non-stop to blood test over 430 men in just three hours,” says John Copsey, chairman of the Cotswolds group. “Most were from the Stroud area, but a small number came from further afield such as Gloucester and Cheltenham, and even one from Cheshire! We’d invited any men aged between 50 and 75 (or over 40 if they had a close relative who’d been diagnosed with prostate cancer), to ask their GP for a test, or to come along to our free event. We were almost overwhelmed by the response”, added John, “but received lots of good feedback and grateful thanks from the men who came.”

Whilst the PSA test (which checks the level of Prostate Specific Antigen in the blood) is not a cancer diagnosis, it’s a valuable tool in enabling clinicians to decide whether further investigation is necessary. Every one of the men tested last Wednesday will be receiving a confidential letter from an eminent retired urology consultant within the next few days advising if any further action is needed.

“Following our experience of previous events elsewhere in the county, we reckon that the vast majority of men will be fine”, says John Copsey. “A small but significant minority, though, will need some follow up, and may even need treatment that may save their lives”.

The Cotswolds Prostate Cancer Support Group is very pleased to have made good progress in the Stroud area towards one of its main aims: to promote better awareness of prostate cancer, which affects one in eight men, and kills more than 10,000 in the UK every year. In particular, they’d like it better known that in its early stages, when it’s most treatable, prostate cancer often has no symptoms.

The group’s other main activity is to support Gloucestershire men diagnosed with the disease, and their families too. “We have a meeting on the second Monday of each month at the excellent Maggie’s Centre, close to Cheltenham Hospital , and a separate informal pub get-together for Prostate Cancer Partners on the Wednesday of the following week” says John Copsey. The next meeting at Maggie’s will be on 12 June, and the Partners’ meeting will be at the Table Table restaurant, The Oakwood, Twigworth, Gloucester on 21 June. For more details click on cotswoldsprostatecancer.org or ring 07703 447091.

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Director and Co-Founder of Stroud Community TV

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