Prostate Screening

FIND THE MISSING MEN (March 2021)

Prostate cancer does not stop for Covid-19. That is why Prostate Cancer UK is alarmed by the latest NHS data showing a sharp fall in men being referred by GPs for diagnostic tests in the last year. Since March 2020, referrals by GPs in England have dropped by around 52,000. It is likely this has happened due to fewer conversations between men and their GP.

Consequently there is an alarming drop in men receiving treatment for prostate cancer – 8,600 fewer men than the year before.  With one man dying every hour from prostate cancer and 40,000 new cases every year, a home testing kit could be the best gift for life ever. Early detection and treatment may vastly increase chances of survival

Help is needed to find these men and help them get a diagnosis before it is too late to be cured. Today, we are asking for your help to find these missing men.


Prostate Cancer test at home

Based on the success of our previous Prostate Cancer Awareness days, Fleet Lions are working with the Graham Fulford Trust to offer men a simple finger prick test that can be done at home.

How much does it cost?

The total cost is £22.99 to include delivery and return postage, however if you are aged 40 to 70 and live in the GU51, GU52 or GU12 postcode areas, by using the Discount Code of FLC50, Fleet Lions Club will subsidise each test by 50%, therefore the cost to you will be £11.49. 

If you are under 40 or over 70 you may still order your test but pay the full price. 

Tests may be ordered via our partner website flions.mypsatests.org.uk - see below.

How does the home test work?

Home testing kits are sent to your home address, you take a blood sample following the simple instructions provided, then return it to the laboratory for processing. Please see this video:


How to order your home test kit

STAGE ONE - REGISTRATION

Go to our partner website https://flions.mypsatests.org.uk for more information and click on the the icon on the left (as below) to register or go straight to the Register Page.

psa partner

Provide your name and a password of your choice - this password is case sensitive - do not use a password you have used elsewhere.

Once you have registered, you will receive an email from mypsatests.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU OPEN IT AND CLICK ON THE GREEN VERIFICATION BUTTON

psa verify button

Doing this will confirm your account. If you do not do this, you will not be able to order your Home Testing Kit.

NB. When you verify, you will be on the standard mypsatests.org.uk website - close that page before proceeding to Stage Two because you have to be on our partner page flions.mypsatests.org.uk to receive the discount

STAGE TWO – HOW TO ORDER YOUR HOME TESTING KIT

Having registered and verified your account, when ready to order a home testing kit return to Home Test Kit - Sponsored by Fleet Lions where you will see the following at the foot of the page (if not, click on the "HOME TESTING" button in the top menu):

psa website

Click on the "Order Home Testing Kit" button and log in using your email and new password. Click on the "Order Home Testing Kit" button again once logged in, when the following form will open. Enter your date of birth and address. In the top right there is a box where you may enter the discount code FLC50 - this will be accepted if you are within age range and postcode area.

psa form

Once you have clicked the green "Confirm Details" button you will be taken through to a medical questionnaire and consent page. Once you have completed these questions, you will be put through to the payment platform - PayPal.

YOU DO NOT NEED A PAYPAL ACCOUNT.  Under the payment button for PayPal, you will see in small letters ‘pay by debit or credit card’. Click on this link and you will be able to pay by credit or debit card.

NOTE: If you have your computer screen on large print, please reset your screen by pressing ‘control and the figure zero’ together. This will allow you to see the "Continue" buttons on the screen.

Who should take the test?

Men between the ages of 40 and 70.

The facts

Why test men?

With one man every hour dying from prostate cancer and 40,000 new cases every year and no national screening available, we aim to provide a PSA blood test to as many men between 40 and 70 as possible. It's well proven that early detection and treatment may vastly increase your chances of survival.

Support

For your information there are two prostate cancer support groups near Fleet 

 Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group

Reading PCSG,  

The group also operates a telephone and email helpline system, which would be particularly suitable for anyone concerned about a new PSA test result who wants to have a chat with someone who knows about prostate cancer.

 North Hampshire Prostate Cancer Support

North Hampshire Prostate Cancer Support Group (Basingstoke),  


Fleet Lions Club

We are a local group of volunteers who aim to promote the health and well-being of our community by improving the environment, helping individuals in times of need, supporting community groups and charities. Every penny raised goes into our community projects. Our aim is to serve people 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 contact us via our Contact Us page.

Company and individual sponsorship opportunities are available and welcomed for this and other events. 

Prostate screening


Testimonial

"At the end of last week I was visited by a neighbour who wished to thank Fleet Lions for their Prostate Cancer Screening Programme.

The test results suggested elevated PSA readings with a recommendation to discuss with his GP, which he did. The outcome was to be monitored and retested in 3 months. At this point the PSA readings had become higher and he was referred immediately to a Consultant. He is now undergoing radiotherapy with a good prognosis.

Given this experience and being the middle male of three in his family, he encouraged both brothers to be tested too. A quite different outcome! His older brother showed completely normal results – but his younger brother's reading was off the scale, resulting in an immediate referral and removal of the prostate. He is recovering, but again prognosis is hopeful of complete recovery.

I was asked to pass grateful thanks to the Lions Clubs who are involved in the testing programme. Clearly testament to a job well done and THANK YOU LIONS!

Recent information in the national press suggests that the introduction of a national screening programme is on the horizon, but I am sure Lions Clubs in the meantime will continue to provide this valuable service."

Lion Brian Proctor

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