Rochdale set to host PSA testing day
ROCHDALE Football Club have announced that – in conjunction with the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal (BKPCA) – they will be hosting a PSA testing day in January.
They are the first club in the Greater Manchester area to hold such an event.
Taking place before the home game against Fleetwood Town on Saturday 19th January, all men aged 50 and over, or 45 and over with a family history of cancer, are welcome to attend.
Testing will be done between 11am and 2pm in the Study Centre, located on Willbutts Lane.
In 2015, following his own diagnosis, Burnley’s vicechairman Barry Kilby launched the appeal to provide opportunities for men to be tested for prostate cancer – a disease which affects one in eight men in the UK.
Initially launched at the Premier League club, other clubs from the Premier League and the EFL, including Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth, have arranged a testing day at their club.
Keen for Dale fans to benefit from this potentially life-saving initiative, we are the latest to add our support to it.
Barry said: “I’m delighted that Rochdale Football Club have got involved.
“One of the problems with prostate cancer, as it was with me, is that it becomes advanced before you see any symptoms.
“This blood test will show if there is something wrong and act as the warning in the early stages. We’ve saved well over 100 lives doing it like this.
“When we first launched this at Burnley, we ran out of needles! We thought we’d get around 200 – we actually got to 400 and odd.
“It’s gaining now and it has been really successful way of getting men tested, using the football link.
“I hope as many people as possible get themselves tested on the day – I can’t stress enough how important it is to do so.”
The test measures the amount of prostatespecific antigen (PSA) in your blood, and around 2,000 men have been tested to date and least 100 lives have been saved by this approach.
Those being tested will be asked for a minimum £5 donation, with the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal funding the remainder of the test’s costs.
Manager Keith Hill will be amongst those tested on the day.
Joe Thompson and Ollie Rathbone recently attended Rochdale Infirmary to officially launch the promotion of the event, handing out leaflets to outpatients with the help of our Community Trust team.
In addition, thanks to our friends at the Pennine Acute Trust, leaflets will be distributed to over 500 homes across the Borough in the next few weeks.
A club spokesman said: “We would like to thank former Associate Director John Smallwood, whose hard work ensured this PSA Testing Day at the Crown Oil Arena became a possibility.”
Former Associate Director John Smallwood, right, pictured with Barry Kilby