A SECOND series of potentially life-saving prostate cancer screenings have been held at the Pirelli Stadium.
The first screenings, organised by Burton Albion Community Trust and Queen’s Hospital, not only helped raise awareness of the dangers of the disease but also saw 113 men tested, with eight going on to be diagnosed with cancer.
The innovative project aimed to take away the ‘fear factor’ and enabled men to seek advice at the familiar surroundings of the football club.
It received a lot of media attention, including a visit by the BBC’s One Show, and was a factor in Burton Albion being named Midlands Community Club of the Year for the second time.
Now a second programme of screenings has taken place at the football club and has again resulted in two days of screenings being fully booked. Burton Albion Football Club contributed to the costs of the screenings.
Jyoti Shah, consultant urological surgeon at Queen’s Hospital in Burton, said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in this country and the demand for these screenings shows that we are raising community awareness and continuing to break ground with this innovative project.”
John Widdowson, Burton Albion Community Trust’s Health and Inclusion Manager, said: “We are very proud of the success of the campaign, the relationship we have with Queen’s Hospital and the impact it is making.
“I would also like to thank Burton Rotary members for again giving up two days to steward the appointments."