Rochdale set to host PSA test­ing day

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

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

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