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21 April 2022

AROUND 90 men will be taking advantage of prostate cancer checks at the Pirelli Stadium over the next two days.

After an enforced Covid break the potentially life-saving screening programme returns to the Pirelli Stadium today and tomorrow.

Jyoti Shah, Macmillan Consultant Urological Surgeon, and Sister Sarah Minns, Macmillan Urology Advanced Nurse Practitioner, have offered prostate cancer screening in the community since 2016 and returned to the home of Burton Albion today for the first time since February 2020.

Men aged between 50 and 80 will have a blood test and prostate examination to either catch or rule out potential prostate cancer.

Jyoti Shah has stressed how important it is for men to get checked.

“It is estimated that around 14,000 men are living with prostate cancer in the UK without even knowing they have it, which is a frightening figure.

“This is why we’re so pleased to be able to get back out into the community to offer this service once more because if you present with cancer when it’s too late, it is much harder to treat.”

Since its inception in 2016, ‘Fighting Prostate Cancer’ has screened more than 2,700 men, successfully diagnosing 84 cases of prostate cancer in 36 such clinics.

Sarah added that it is great to be getting back into the community to provide this potentially life-saving service: “There has been fewer diagnosis of urological cancers since the pandemic began so we are really keen to get back out there in the community to help other men start their treatment or set their minds at ease as soon as we can.”

Burton Albion Chairman Ben Robinson said: "It’s great to see Jyoti and Sarah back at the Pirelli Stadium for two days of prostate cancer tests.

“We are delighted to be able to restart the screening programme at Burton Albion after the Covid interruption.

"Using the Pirelli Stadium creates a familiar and welcoming environment and I’m delighted that these sessions were quickly fully booked up again.”

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