Prostate Cancer Screening at ITFC
On Saturday morning, 18/11/17, a remarkable 208 men turned up at ITFC to undergo a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test to screen for Prostate Cancer, our commonest male cancer and killer of over 11,000 UK men every year. The event was organised by CHAPS Men’s Health Charity and the East Suffolk Prostate Cancer Support Group. Attendees were charged a minimum of £5 but the true cost of the event was funded by the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal. Barry himself stepped down from chairmanship of Burnley Football Club when screening detected his cancer in 2012 and since then has worked tirelessly to promote screening events at Burnley, Preston, Blackburn and now Ipswich.
Local technicians from Ipswich Hospital took the blood samples which were analysed in the hospital laboratory and the results are now going out to all attendees – a great team result.
Of the 208 men, 194 have been reassured with a normal result and advice on when or whether to have a further PSA test. 14 had abnormal results and will need further follow up and investigation to detect PCa at an early and anticipated curable stage.
We would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the day: The Suffolk Golf and Bowls Clubs, The Suffolk FA, Mick McCarthy, Terry Connor and the media department at ITFC, Liz and Tim Edwards from the ITFC Supporters Club, Phil Hammond and Mark Murphy from TWTD and BBC Suffolk, the Suffolk FA and finally a special thank you to Ipswich Legends Jason Dozzell and Titus Bramble (photo supplied) for promoting the event.
We hope to repeat the event next year.