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Lions host successful prostate testing event

251 men from Frome and the surrounding area recently took part in the Frome Lions’ free Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) testing event at the Frome Methodist Church at Wesley Slope, in conjunction with the Somerset Prostate Support Association.

A PSA test is a blood test that looks for markers of prostate cancer or prostate abnormalities. A ‘red’ result means a higher-than-normal antigen count and could indicate that a higher risk of prostate cancer is present.

“A PSA test alone is not conclusive; however, it can be instrumental in early detection of cancer,” said Frome Lions. “251 men attended the event in late February, 12 of whom, we are now aware, were given a ‘red’ result.

“All those attending the event were advised to have further tests if their PSA result indicated a higher risk. Whilst it is up to each person to arrange further tests, Frome Lions would like to think that we have helped those men as they would not have known about the risks without the test.”

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