Free prostate cancer checks this weekend

September 09 2014

MEN taking part in this Sunday’s Run for the Future event, the annual Bristol 5k fun run for prostate cancer, can take advantage of free prostate cancer screening on the day.

MEN taking part in this Sunday’s Run for the Future event, the annual Bristol 5k fun run for prostate cancer, can take advantage of free prostate cancer screening on the day.

Event sponsor, Spire The Glen Hospital Bristol, will have nurses on hand to offer simple PSA blood tests to detect early signs of prostate cancer - and are urging running to take up the opportunity to get checked out on the day.

Now in its ninth year, Run for the Future is organised by Bristol Rotary Club and is taking place on September 14 on Durdham Downs, starting at midday.

Last year over 500 runners took part and more than 60 people were screened for prostate cancer in the tests conducted by Spire’s nurses and funded by the John Miles Organisation.

Raj Persad, consultant urologist at Spire Bristol and one of the consultants leading the call for testing, said: “The PSA blood test is the only diagnostic test available to check for prostate cancer at the moment. It’s not perfect, but it’s a potentially life-saving test and a valuable tool in detecting the early indicators of prostate cancer.

“We’re encouraging men in and around Bristol who have signed up for Run for the Future to raise some much needed funds and spread the word that testing is simple and easy.

“Currently only around 8% of men receive the PSA test, but it’s especially important for men in their 40s, 50s and early 60s with a family history of prostate cancer. We’re especially keen to encourage these men to ask their GPs for a PSA test, or come and take part in Run for the Future and get tested with us.”

Profits from the race go to the Bristol Urological Institute Prostate Cancer Appeal for prostate cancer research and patient care in Bristol.

Ian Beattie, event co-ordinator from the Bristol Rotary Club said: “It is a sad fact that more than 40,000 UK men are diagnosed every year with prostate cancer and over 10,000 of those do not survive.

“This is about the same number of deaths as women from breast cancer. However, there is no national prostate cancer screening programme unlike for breast cancer.

“Since the first Run in 2006, we’ve raised over £250,000 which has helped to finance Bristol-based research at UWE and Bristol University and helped make Bristol a major UK Centre of Excellence in the field of prostate cancer treatment, surgery and patient care. We now have patients coming from not only Bristol and Bath, but from Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire to be cared for at the centre.”

A prostate screening clinic is also available at The Glen for men who are worried about prostate disease. The clinic, available Monday – Friday afternoon, is available with a GP referral letter and offers patients the results on the same day. The cost of the Prostate Screening Clinic is £200.

Register or donate at www.runforthefuture.org. Registration is £15 adult, £8 children under 16 and free for under 5s. The PSA tests are free to runners and spectators.