A few minutes could save your life - screening events!
Next event - Date TBA for 2020, Fleet Hospital
Free Prostate cancer PSA blood tests – Fleet Hospital - For Consent Form and to register, email
WHEN: Thursday 19th September 2019
TIME: From 5:00pm until 8:00pm
WHERE: Fleet Hospital, Church Road, Fleet, GU51 4LZ
WHO: MEN BETWEEN 45 AND 70 WHO HAVE NOT HAD A PSA TEST BEFORE
NOTE: There is no parking at the hospital, to park use the pay and display car park at the Fleet town end of Church Road. There will be no charge to park as long as you display one of our A5 leaflets in the windscreen.
A5 leaflets will be available at the Lions gazebo at the entrance to the car park.
There will be a mini bus service from the Church Road car park to the hospital.
To avoid large queues we run the screening sessions every 15 minutes starting at 5:00pm so when registering please state a preferred time for you arrival and we will endeavour to allocate a time to suit you.
In addition please give a contact phone number.
Important: You MUST preregister - email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Prostate cancer is one of the biggest killers of men over 45 in the UK. One man dies every hour in the UK and early treatment saves lives.
If you have suffered flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea or vomiting within 48 hours prior to your visit, we ask you not to attend this event in order to reduce the risk of transmission to others.
Whilst getting an OK result is a relief, we know the odds of beating prostate cancer with early treatment are excellent and without question our health is worth a few minutes of time any day. We would urge the men to join us in taking advantage of this valuable service.
The PSA is a blood indicator test which flags up risk and any need for further testing.
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 FREE PSA blood test to as many men between 45 and 70 as possible. It's well proven that early detection and treatment may vastly increase your chances of survival.
We work with retired Consultant Urologist Mr David Baxter-Smith and a number of trained phlebotomists.
The test is not what many men fear.
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 the 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.
We will be showing a video featuring David Baxter-Smith.
We are only testing men between 45 and 70 who have not had a PSA test previously. 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.
What if I have had a test before?
As stated above Fleet Lions are only testing men who have not had a PSA test before. 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 P.S.A. on an annual basis and if there is a significant increase then to seek the opinion of a specialist.
What do I bring?
Please bring your completed consent form.
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 preregister and to be given a time slot. Please give a preferred arrival time between 5:00 and 7:45pm when registering.
The test is free of charge and is funded by Fleet Lions Club as sponsors of the screening session.The costs of holding an evening of this type is approximately £5,000.
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 - please contact us for the address.
There are two prostate cancer support groups near Fleet, and it might be an idea to include pointers to them.
Reading PCSG, First Friday of the month, 18:30.
North Hampshire Prostate Cancer Support Group (Basingstoke), Last Thursday of every month, 2-4pm.
Beechdown Meetings & Events, Beechdown Park, Winchester Road, Basingstoke, RG22 4ES
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.
"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