The free prostate cancer screening evening is the first collaboration between Uttoxeter Racecourse and Uttoxeter Lions Club and will be paid for with profits from the annual Uttoxeter Beer and Cider Festival.
East Staffordshire Mayor, Councillor Michael Rodgers, who had the disease and has campaigned to raise awareness, said: “Prostate Cancer is a close issue to me having successfully got through it myself.
”It has been one of my chosen charities for my year as Mayor and I hope throughout my term of office I have succeeded in highlighting the charity and raising awareness.
”I would like to congratulate the Lions for taking the lead and other clubs around the country who have planned events in aid of Prostate Cancer.
”I would like to send my very best wishes and carry on the good work.”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and a quarter of a million are living with it right now.
Burton MP, Andrew Griffiths, is also supporting the event and said: “Prostate cancer kills too many men, and raising awareness and getting people checked is absolutely vital.
”Uttoxeter Lions are doing a fantastic job in taking up this campaign and making sure local men know the facts and get tested. This is a life saving initiative and I fully support it.”
David MacDonald, executive director of the racecourse, said: “We are delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause that affects so many men. I hope that the event will be well supported and of benefit to many who attend.”
Anyone who turns up to Uttoxeter Racecourse on the evening of Tuesday April 22, will be offered a free blood test to check for the disease.
Consultant David Baxter-Smith and a team of specialist phlebotomists will be on hand at the racecourse from 6pm to 9pm.
Similar events elsewhere have attracted thousands of men and are believed to have saved hundreds of lives.
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