Thursday, 19 February 2015

Free prostate cancer screening and specialist advice are being offered to men in return for a donation to Peace Hospice Care.

The free checks are being offered at the Elstree Cancer Centre on Centennial Park, to raise awareness around men's health and encourage early diagnosis of prostate cancer.

In return for the free prostate check, visitors are invited to make a voluntary donation to the local 'Back in the Driving Seat Project' delivered by Peace Hospice Care and the Hospice of St Francis, which offers support for those diagnosed with prostate cancer in Hertfordshire.

Specialist Prostate Nurse, Anne Somerville, explains the importance of early diagnosis: 'Men need to know the facts and understand the pros and cons of the screening process. They are then in a better position to make an informed decision about what is the right choice for them.'

The check-up consists of a prostate examination and a simple blood test. Results are fast tracked and Anne will contact the patient the next day to discuss the results.

Anne explains the reason for the initiative:  'Often in the early stages of prostate cancer there are no symptoms at all, so you can be living with the condition and not even realise it. We are urging men in the area to use this free service as a chance to get checked and be reassured that everything is as it should be.

'According to Prostate Cancer UK, this type of cancer is the most common of all those found in men, with 1 in 8 men getting prostate cancer at some point in their lives. It is so important that men are aware of the facts. We are also pleased to be giving something back to our two local hospices - Peace Hospice Care and The Hospice of St Francis who offer such a plethora of valuable services to those with prostate cancer in the area and we want to support their great work.'

Peace Hospice Care and the Hospice of St Francis are challenging the traditional perceptions of hospice care, by providing support for patients throughout the lifecycle of their treatment.  Tina Smith, a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse leads a Wellbeing Course for men who have had treatment for prostate cancer. The course is made up of sessions focused on everything from diet and exercise through to emotional well-being.

Tina explains: "The new service and additional one-to-one clinics we are running are being so well received by gentlemen who currently have or have had prostate cancer.

'Men are encouraged to share their experiences with others who understand what they are going through.  Hospice care is no longer about end of life care, it's also about managing issues which patients encounter along the way, in an environment that is comfortable and open. We are very grateful to the Prostate Practice for supporting our initiative and are pleased to see awareness being raised around men's health and early diagnosis.'

To book an appointment or for further information, you can call The Prostate Practice team on 0208 185 7190 or you can email on