The Fighting Prostate Cancer campaign has been running since March 2016. We started screening men at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium. This has been followed by visiting a diverse range of venues within local communities which men feel comfortable in and can easily access.
From the feedback we have received, most men prefer to access screening facilities at the club.
We will continue to monitor the project and continue to evolve as more data is collected and feedback from users.
We know that men are less likely to engage with health services than women. As a result, we have established a pop-up clinic in the community at a venue where men feel comfortable. We encourage men to make an appointment with 10-minute appointment slots. This allows us to have pre-printed demographic data available and minimises errors with handwriting forms and blood samples. A full clinical history is taken whilst the PSA blood test is done.
Thereafter the prostate is examined. If there are any abnormalities at this stage, further investigation by way of a prostate biopsy is offered at the hospital the next working week. If the prostate feels normal, then men and GPs are notified of the PSA result with a personalised tailored recommendation within a week. If the PSA blood test is found to be high, then men are invited for a prostate biopsy. Most men diagnosed with cancer were seen, investigated and given the diagnosis within two weeks.
What can I expect if I come to a screening event?
- Your medical history will be taken
- An examination of the prostate
- A PSA blood test
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring with me?
It is useful to bring a list of all your medications, a repeat prescription or your tablets with you.
How soon after I attend will I get my results?
Most men are notified of their results within a week
What if my PSA blood test is high?
You will be invited to attend the hospital for a prostate biopsy, which is done under local anaesthetic.
Will my GP know my results?
All letters are copied to GPs so they are notified of results and recommendations
How much will the screening cost?
Nothing. Men are not charged to attend the screening event. Costs are covered by donations and fund raising
Inspire Health: Fighting Prostate Cancer
Number of Men Screened
Number diagnosed with cancer
Tony Webster: My brother in law had been diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years earlier, so when I read the article I thought it was a good idea to be examined….
Mrs Webster: I do think that men so more than women can perhaps feel a bit embarrassed about this kind of thing – but you have to get past that any way you can as this can really save your life.Mr & Mrs Webster