A TOTAL of 60 men attended the latest, fully-booked prostate cancer screening session at the Pirelli Stadium.
The screenings were done by Miss Jyoti Shah, Macmillan Consultant Urological surgeon and sister Sarah Mills, Macmillan Urology advanced practitioner. They have offered screenings in the community since 2016 and this is the second time they’ve visited the club this year.
Prostate cancer is currently the highest cancer in males. The risk of prostate cancer increases with age. More than 52,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and every 45 minutes one man dies from it – which is 12,000 men every year.”
John, a local man who came for his check-up was pleased with his experience. He said: “I’m in my 80s now and I’ve noticed a few changes in my body and thought I should get checked up. Jyoti and the team were so welcoming and made the whole check-up very pleasant.”
Jyoti reinforced the message that getting checked is vitally important, as diagnosing prostate cancer late makes it a lot harder to treat.
“We always love coming to Burton Albion and it’s brilliant to be able to come here on a frequent basis.
“We put the call out for people to get checked a few weeks ago and we were full to the brim today. It’s brilliant to see so many people getting checked up. The checks only take a few minutes and getting it diagnosed early makes it a lot more treatable.”
Burton Albion men’s first team manager Dino Maamria also dropped by to say hello.
Burton Albion Chairman Ben Robinson said: “The partnership we have with Jyoti and her team is a vital one. Burton Albion has always put its community first and this is another example of that.
“Using the football club as a base for the screenings has made people feel a lot more confident when coming for their checks and we are delighted to provide the facilities at the stadium for this important service.”