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Charlton Athletic offers fans PSA blood tests at stadium

PSA BLOOD TEST: Former footballer and Charlton Athletic under 21s coach Jason Euell (Image: Charlton Athletic)

CHARLTON ATHLETIC is offering home and away fans the chance to have a PSA blood test at its stadium on April 22 as they play Scunthorpe United.

The initiative is part of the club’s efforts to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Last season, Charlton became the first club to host PSA Testing on a matchday and more than 300 people, including Charlton manager Lee Bowyer, got tested ahead of his first game in charge against Plymouth Argyle.

On Easter Monday, the PSA test, undertaken by the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal, will be available from 11.45am-2.45pm in the Fans’ Bar.

The PSA screening is a blood test that can help diagnose prostate problems, including prostate cancer – the most common cancer in men in the UK.

Men over 50, men with a family history of prostate cancer and black men are more at risk of prostate cancer.

Charlton’s player liaison officer Tracey Leaburn, who lost her father to Prostate Cancer, has been leading on this activity. She said: “Last year’s event was ground-breaking and I was so proud of the way the Charlton family came together to support it. Since then it has been really good to see other clubs getting involved by doing PSA testing on matchdays.”

Leaburn encouraged those coming to the match on April 22 to get involved in the activity.

“Last year we had 300 men tested and 10 of those received red letters after the event. We’d like to urge people to get involved again this year. You are supposed to get tested once a year, so even those that got tested last year, I would urge you to come back again this year. It is so important to catch Prostate Cancer early, it could save your life. So please get April 22nd in your diary,” she said.

You can find out more information about the PSA blood test at www.the-bkpca.com

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