Former Rugby Mayor supports prostate cancer awareness event at Benn Hall

Former Rugby Mayor Tony Gillias.
Former Rugby Mayor Tony Gillias.

A prostate awareness event takes place at the Benn Hall in Rugby tomorrow (Tuesday).

Prostate Cancer Support Association – Central England has arranged a prostate awareness evening for men in Rugby and the surrounding area from 6.15pm to 8.30pm.

Men over the age of 50 will be offered a free PSA blood test.

This test is an indicator of the health of the prostate gland: if the PSA level is above normal it may indicate the presence of cancer of the prostate. Urologists, support nurses, and laboratory staff from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust will be conducting the testing, and also available to answer questions.

The association started holding awareness events in 2006, and in that time has tested over 1,800 men in Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton, Hinckley, and Solihull.

The previous event in Rugby was at the Hospital of St Cross in 2009.

Cancer of the prostate is the most common cancer in men, and about 36,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the UK. The earlier the cancer is diagnosed the more successful the treatment.

The Prostate Cancer Support Association – Central England is a patient-led voluntary organisation.

The work of the association is funded by charitable activities and voluntary contributions.

Oraganisers at the association say they are indebted to former Rugby Mayor Tony Gillias, for the generous donation from the Mayor’s Charity Fund.