Men invited to prostate cancer testing event at Rochdale AFC

Date published: 14 October 2021

Rochdale AFC are offering men the chance to get their prostate tested at the Crown Oil Arena this month, before the team’s Sky Bet League Two fixture against Sutton United.

In conjunction with the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal (BKPCA), Rochdale Football Club will host the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing day on Saturday 23 October - measuring the amount of PSA in your blood.

Men over the age of 50 (or 45 with a history of prostate cancer in their family) are encouraged to return for their 12-month test, along with those who have not had the test yet, to find out their score.

The event will be held in the Study Centre on Willbutts Lane from 11am - 2.30pm.

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 Prostate 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.

Over 2,000 men have been tested to date and at least 100 lives have been saved by this approach.

This is the third consecutive year that the local club has held such an event at the Crown Oil Arena.

Those being tested will be asked for a donation of £10 on the day to go towards the cost of the test, which is £25.

Supporters will need to book in advance. You can do this online by visiting: PSA Testing Events @ BKPCA - The Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal.

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