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Couple write to PM over prostate screening

A Shropshire couple are calling for the NHS to do routine testing for prostate cancer.

Harold Taylor from Coalbrookdale is having treatment for the illness, but only after going to a screening event organised by the Ironbridge and Severn Gorge Lions Club earlier this year.

Men over 50 can currently ask their GPs for a test, but there is no routine screening programme.

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Public Health England recommends that national screening should not be introduced as PSA tests are unreliable and can suggest prostate cancer when no cancer exists and at the same time miss genuine cancers.

Harold's wife Jackie, who recently lost her brother to prostate cancer, has written to the prime minster calling for a change in the screening process.

It was passed on to the health secretary. It said [the reply] there's lots of againsts and that there are no plans for testing in the near future. I just replied 'I disagree with everything you have said'."

Jackie Taylor
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'I know my body, I knew something was wrong'

Aberdare patient on early prostate cancer diagnosis
Cancer experts hope a new initiative to be trialled in south Wales will significantly cut the time it takes to diagnose the disease.
Wales and the other UK countries have some of the worst cancer survival rates in the developed world.
Now pilots in the Cynon Valley and Neath will focus on patients who GPs suspect may have cancer but do not show obvious or urgent symptoms.
Youth worker Dennis Payne, from Aberdare, has benefited from a faster diagnosis regime for prostate cancer already.
He told BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke about how doctors found out what was wrong.

Apologies after huge turnout for cancer screening event

The organisers of a prostate cancer screening evening in Madeley, Shropshire, have had to apologise after they ran out of testing kits - because of the huge turnout.

The event at Jubilee House attracted 450 men and the Ironbridge Lions and Ironbridge Rotary Clubs said they had not realised house successful it would be.

Jubilee House

The Rotary groups say they ordered 420 testing kits, but they didn't want to buy too many, because they cost £15 each.

They will be holding two more testing events in the coming months.

We can only apologise for having to turn away the last few men who came and hope that they will understand the situation was beyond our control. This is the first time we have staged such an event and we didn't in a million years envisage that the 420 kits we had ordered would be insufficient."

John MarshIronbridge Lions President