Alton Lions Club (CIO) was able to resume its annual Prostate Cancer (PSA) Testing programme on October 30 and, according to organiser, Lion Bretta Rains, it proved to be “the most successful so far.”
In addition, there was confirmation of the programme’s worth when a man who had tested positive in 2019 came to thank the organisers for saving his life!
Cancelled last year, due to Covid restrictions, this year’s event tested 268 men, aged between 40 and 75, 259 of whom received a green (clear) result, with 6 men given an amber warning (get checked) and three receiving a red result (seek immediate attention).
Held at Alton Community Centre and run and financed in partnership with prostate charity, PCaSO, this event was free to users, and staffed by volunteers from both organisations.
This year PCaSO introduced an online booking system, which improved efficiency on the day, allowing a quick and smooth transition from registration to test.
Tests were administered by four professional phlebotomists, one more than in previous years, which enabled more people to be tested during the four-hour session.
Said Mrs Rains: “We ensured Covid safety was maintained, with masks, hand sanitisers, cleaning between attendees and a one-way system in place throughout the process.”
Adding that one of the highlights of the event came when “a gentleman who had attended our last test event in 2019 came to thank us as that test had saved his life making it all worthwhile!” She concluded: “We look forward to being able to hold another event in 2022.”