Prostate cancer testing this Saturday at the Crown Oil Arena
Date published: 09 January 2020
Barry Kilby with John Smallwood
Rochdale AFC are offering men the chance to get their prostate tested at the Crown Oil Arena this Saturday (11 January 2020), before the team take on Bolton Wanderers.
Rochdale Football Club, in conjunction with the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal (BKPCA), is hosting the PSA testing day – measuring the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood.
Last year, Rochdale was the first club in Greater Manchester to hold such an event.
Over 250 men were tested on the day, with 10% of those tested having a PSA score of 2.9 or more, meaning they were advised to consult their doctor.
All men aged 50 and over, or 45 and over with a family history of cancer, are welcome to attend.
It’s normal to have a small amount of PSA in your blood, and the amount rises as you get older and your prostate gets bigger, according to Prostrate Cancer UK. A raised PSA level may suggest you have a problem with your prostate, but not necessarily cancer.
In 2015, following his own diagnosis, Burnley’s vice-chairman 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.
Around 2,000 men have been tested to date and least 100 lives have been saved by this approach.
This year, Rochdale AFC hope to test 400 men, encouraging all from last year to return for their 12-month test, along with those who have not had the test yet.
Testing will be done between 11.30am and 2.30pm in the Study Centre, located on Willbutts Lane.
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.
Bolton manager and former Dale boss Keith Hill will be amongst those to be tested for his 12-month check-up on the day.
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