Prostate cancer uk

PSA Testing

When and Where

Each test event takes much planning and organisation so we limit the numbers our volunteers undertake and keep our activities within Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex.  Dates are usually, but not exclusively, in Spring and Autumn.  Scroll down for more details of the test.  Bookings generally open around one month before the event.

We are currently planning events on the following dates:

There will be no more testing sessions in 2017.

In 2017 calendar yearacross Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset, PCaSO held 21 free PSA testing events. We tested 2,624 men and found 230 with a raised PSA number.  Those men with a raised number were recommended to see their GP to discuss their result.

We are planning events in 2018 in:-
Bexhill, Burgess Hill (13th October), Chichester, Horsham, Hove, Peacehaven (10th November), Pyecombe, Rustington, Uckfield (7th April), Worthing.
Alton, Fareham, Hayling Island (21st April), New Forest, Portsmouth.
Blandford, Parley, Verwood, Wareham, Weymouth.

Dates and details will follow in due course though some may fall by the wayside and others be added.  Watch this space.

Watch this site and local advertising for details

Testing costs money so we need your donations to meet these charges

A recent test

The eight-minute video you’ll see here was made by Clearwater Photography illustrating a PSA testing event held by Fleet Lions in 2016. The difference between this event and current practice by both PCaSO and Fleet Lions is that now time slots MUST be booked in advance so there is no long queue outside.

Pay particular attention as retired urologist David Baxter-Smith explains the pros and cons of the PSA test. PCaSO uses his services, among other urologists, to oversee the test results.

PCaSO will give you a leaflet at the test event giving information about the test and there will also be a PCaSO volunteer on hand to give a short talk or to answer questions before having the test.

PSA Testing

The PSA test checks a sample of blood for the Prostate Specific Antigen protein which is produced by the prostate gland. The test does NOT diagnose cancer. A raised reading may indicate that there are problems with the prostate gland which might be infected or enlarged – as often happens with older men.  Or it might be cancer.

A raised reading means that further checks might be necessary and we suggest that men with a raised reading visit their doctor to discuss matters. The test is not completely reliable as it can give a raised reading when there is no cancer – as above – but can also give a normal reading when cancer is present.

BUT it is the only quick and easy test available.psa test

It is known that men whose close relatives – father, uncles, brothers, grandfathers – have had
prostate cancer, together with all men of Afro-Caribbean ancestry, are of increased risk and should be tested at 45 or earlier. It is also believed that breast cancer in the family may also increase the chances.

The NHS says that any man over 50 is ENTITLED to the PSA test free on the NHS once the pros and cons of the test have been explained.

The test

PCaSO arranges events where men over 45 can have a free test.  We often work with Lions, Rotary and Freemason clubs who help with the organisation.

The blood is taken in a vial by trained phlebotomists just like a hospital or surgery.  The vial is taken to a laboratory, often the local hospital, where it is analysed by professionals exactly the same way as any other blood sample.

The result is posted to the man with the suggestion that they have another test after a suitable period or, in around 10 per cent of cases, they go to consult a doctor.

At no time does PCaSO or anyone involved with the testing claim to diagnose cancer or any other ailment.  That is the job of the doctor.


PCaSO wants to make more men aware of prostate cancer and the need to be diagnosed early.test vials  Some 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK every year, more than five an hour, every hour. And 11,000 die of it.

In each of the last three years, one of our Executive Committee alone has died of prostate cancer because they were diagnosed late. By arranging and advertising these events more men are made aware of the problem and many will tell friends, work colleagues and family.

In 2016 in one county we found over 50 men with a raised reading suggesting a need for further investigation plus more who were borderline.  We have received many letters of thanks from men who are now undergoing treatment.