December 1, 2023

Isle of Wight Observer News

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PSA testing saves lives

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Terry Ramplin and Alan Taylor

Nearly 300 men were tested for prostate cancer at a screening at Newport Scout Hut on Saturday.

Among the 24 volunteers at the event was prolific fund-raiser, Terry Ramplin, who is known for his annual charity Christmas tree house decorations, which he displays at his home in Long Lane, Newport.

Terry said: “Last year, I raised around £5,000 which was donated to the IW Prostate Cancer Support Group, and paid for this screening. I spend three months putting up my lights, but when I see this, it’s all worth it.”

Organiser, Alan Taylor, added: “We’re trying to get message out into the community: ‘Test, test, test’.

“We have done 2,000 tests at our various venues across the Island this year and about 10 per cent of them will show up a problem even though the man has no symptoms.

“More than 12,000 men die from prostate cancer each year and we are also here to offer help and advice so that anyone diagnosed knows exactly what to expect and what the effects are.

“There is a one in seven chance of a man getting prostate cancer during his life and we have held 80 awareness events across the Island this year, anywhere from garden centres to all the big shows.

“Our screenings are over now until April 13, when we will return at the Masons’ Hall, Cowes, but men will be able to book a place on-line from March 1. It costs £18 for each test to be done but we only ask for a donation. It’s worth taking a simple blood test which may save your life.”

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