What’s it all about?
Prostate cancer is the biggest killer of men over 45 in the UK. One man dies every hour in the UK and early treatment saves lives. Fleet Lions provide FREE Prostate cancer PSA blood tests for the men of Fleet every year, we want to help them raise awareness of this service and also raise money to enable them to increase the number of men they can screen – each screening event costs around £5,000.
The PSA is a blood indicator test which flags up risk and any need for further testing.
We would urge the men of Fleet to join us in taking advantage of this valuable service. The odds of beating prostate cancer with early treatment are excellent, so a few minutes out of your evening to ensure your future health are surely worth it right?
How do I sign up?
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org providing:
– Full name and telephone number
– Date required, 6th or 27th April
– Preferred time between 5.00pm and 8.00pm
- We will then contact you with your time-slot
- Download and complete your consent form – you must bring this with you for the test
- Arrive at Fleet Community Hospital in good time for your FREE PSA blood test
- We will contact you with the results from the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test
- Important: To avoid the queues you MUST pre-register
Who is eligible for the test?
Men over 45 who have not had the test before. We would like you to pass the word to family, friends and work colleagues. Our aim is to reach as many men in the Fleet area as we can. If you have had a test previously please note that many urological specialists suggest that men over 50 should ask their doctors to monitor their PSA on an annual basis and if there is a significant increase they should seek the opinion of a specialist.
What does the test involve?
It’s a simple blood test, we work with retired Consultant Urologist Mr David Baxter-Smith and a number of trained phlebotomists. This short video shows you how easy it is, and not what many men fear – your trousers stay firmly on!
Why take the test?
With one man every hour dying from prostate cancer and 40,000 new cases every year and no national screening available, the Lions Club of Fleet aim to provide a FREE PSA blood test to as many men over 45 as possible. It’s well proven that early detection and treatment may vastly increase your chances of survival.
How long does the test take?
Please allow 30 minutes for registration and test although this may take a little longer at busy times. We require everyone to pre register and to be given a time slot.
What happens after the test?
After taking a simple blood sample on the day, the samples are sent to a specialist laboratory for analysis and the results conveyed to a consultant urologist who will then arrange for a letter of information of the result to be sent to every man taking part with their own individual results. The results letter will be coded red, amber or green and men will be advised that they should contact their doctor for any further investigations or treatment that may be appropriate. You are reminded that by definition the test is only an indicative one and we strongly advise you to follow up with your GP. Very occasionally the result could be normal even though your prostate is abnormal and you should seek advice from your GP if you have trouble passing urine.
You must complete this Prostate Consent form in advance and bring along to Fleet Hospital.
The test is free of charge to men over 45 and is funded by Fleet Lions Club and our sponsors ‘Fleet Hospital and Community Friends’ and ‘Paint Fleet Blue’. The costs of holding an evening of this type is approximately £5,000, largely due to the cost of the laboratory analysis (based on 250 tests @ £20.00 per person).
Any donation by you is gratefully accepted and will help fund and expand this vital work in saving lives.
You can donate either on the day or by sending a cheque made payable to:
The Lions Club of Fleet and endorse the back of the cheque with ‘prostate event’ and send to Lion Peter Pickett, Treasurer Lions Club of Fleet, c/o 13 Hollytrees, Church Crookham, GU51 5NL.
Fleet Lions Club
The Lions Club of Fleet is a local group of volunteers who aim to promote the health and well-being of the Fleet community by improving the local environment, helping individuals in times of need, supporting Fleet based community groups and local charities. Every penny raised goes into our community projects. Our aim is to serve the people of Fleet and make a difference. Lions Clubs are also members of an international network of men and women with more than 1.4 million members who all work together to answer the needs that challenge communities across the world.
If you would like to nominate a local cause, offer your assistance as a ‘Friend of Fleet Lions’ or find out more about our clubs fundraising and social activities then call 0845 833 7358, email or visit our website
Company and individual sponsorship opportunities are available and welcomed for this and other events.