Those visiting the van can also choose whether or not to have a free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.
The roadshow will be at a range of locations in Oldham including Chadderon and Shaw between 29 August and 9 September including:
- 29 August – Sholver and Moorside Community Centre, Sholver Lane, Moorside, Oldham OL1 4NT
- 1 September – Alexandra Retail Park, Park Road, Oldham OL4 1SA
- 2 September – Asda Shaw, Greenfield Lane, Shaw, Oldham OL2 8QP
- 5 September – Crossley Centre, 323 Denton Lane, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 9GA
- 7 September – 7 September – Tesco Failsworth, Ashton Road West, Failsworth, Manchester M35 0EJ
- 9 September – Tesco Chadderton, Featherstall Road North, Oldham OL9 6BW
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Appointments are available to book in advance. Call 07974074111 or email email@example.com.
The roadshow is being run by the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance – part of the NHS, working in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, the Caribbean and African Health Network, BHA for Equality and charity Can-Survive UK.
Mr Sotonye Tolofari, a consultant surgeon who treats prostate cancer and Clinical Director for Urological Cancers at the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance, said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, but most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any symptoms. You are more at risk of developing prostate cancer if you’re black and over 45 than other people.
“We want black men to be aware of the risk and to visit us on board our van when it comes to your area. We are also keen to talk to anyone with a prostate who is over 45 with a family history of prostate, breast or ovarian cancer which can also increase your risk. By family history, we mean your father or a brother has had prostate cancer when they were under the age of 55 or your mother or a sister has had breast or ovarian cancer when they were under the age of 50.
“We will chat to you about what might increase your risk of prostate cancer and discuss the implications of having a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.”
The PSA test is a blood test that measures the amount of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. A raised PSA level may suggest you have a problem with your prostate, but not necessarily cancer. The test does not give a conclusive diagnosis on its own, but together with information about your individual lifestyle and risk it can be a helpful tool for doctors to decide if you may need further tests or treatment. You can find out more on the Prostate Cancer UK website.
Men who opt to have a PSA test while visiting the van will be given their results within a couple of weeks and referred on for further investigations if needed.
Mr Tolofari added: “If prostate cancer is caught early, before symptoms appear, it’s easier to treat. Our ThisVanCan roadshow means you can book an appointment close to your home or work and come and have a chat with our team.”