Chester Freemasons organise prostate screening.

Cheshire View Masonic Hall recently hosted a prostate screening session, with more than 200 local people attending. The test is very simple, a ‘sharp scratch’ as they say and samples are sent away to be tested for PSA.

Prostate Specific Antigen is carried in the blood and raised levels of PSA can indicate an increased chance of Prostate Cancer. With 1 in 8 men likely to have Prostate Cancer at some point in their lives, it is a sensible precaution to be tested annually.

Cheshire Fremasons with David from Cancer Support Group Cheshire Fremasons with David from Cancer Support Group

The Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group has been associated with the Cheshire Freemasons Charity (CFC) for a number of years and there are many men who have benefited from early diagnosis of this cancer who owe their continued health to these sessions.

David Laundon, chairman of the Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Group explained “Detecting any signs of this terrible condition makes the difference to not only the life of the individual but of that of their families too…” David went on to  say“…this successful event is one of a number that we have had over the past year and we are grateful for the support we receive from the Freemasons of Cheshire.”

Senior Freemason Simon Richardson said: “At previous testing sessions held across Cheshire men have been identified by the test as being in need of immediate treatment. It was therefore great to see so many men, Freemasons and Non Freemason’s, taking advantage of this life-saving service.

This is another great example of Freemasonry supporting local communities. As always we extend our thanks to the volunteers from the Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group, who give their spare time to run these sessions. We are grateful for the individual donations made by attendees which, along with the Cheshire wide grant from the CFC, go to helping to finance these tests.”

Volunteers Maureen and Wendy checking people in for their blood test Volunteers Maureen and Wendy checking people in for their blood test

Men aged 50 or over and particularly those with a family history of prostate cancer are more at risk. In fact, over 47,000 men are still diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. That’s 129 men every day and it remains the most common cancer in men.

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