Each year the Milton Keynes Prostate Cancer Support Group organises a PSA testing day and invites as many men as possible to come and get their blood sample taken and tested.
Who will take my blood sample for the PSA test?
The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust are responsible for taking the blood sample from you, testing the sample and reporting back (in full confidence), your results. Since 2004, together with partners, GFCT has been involved in testing over 131,984 men and conducting 252,682 tests so far (up to 1/11/2023).
What exactly is PSA?
The PSA Test is a blood test which can detect the early signs of prostate cancer. The test measures the level of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) in your blood. PSA is made by the prostate gland. You can find out more here.
Where will the testing take place?
This year (2023) the testing took place at the
WINDMILL HILL GOLF CLUB
Tattenhoe Lane, Bletchley, MK3 7RB.
on Sunday November 19th,
between 10.00am and 2.00pm.
What will the test cost?
Each blood test costs £25 (2023) but the MK Prostate Cancer Support Group subsidised this down to £12.50 with the support of local donations. You can see some of the generous donations collected here. Payment is made at the time of booking.
Do I have to book my test?
It is essential that you go through the booking process. Anyone just 'walking in' will not be tested. You will need to register and then book your time slot for the test. Booking is closed now for the 2023 event but watch out for the date of the next testing day.
How long do I have to wait for my results?
The results are overseen by a team of practising and retired urologists who analyse the results and then sends each man a green, amber or red letter with the results. Letters are sent out via email or post, depending on which option chosen when the test is performed.
The red letters are followed up after 6 months and the amber letters after 12 months. Allow up to 10 to 14 days for the test results to be processed.
We want to reach as many men as possible because early detection of prostate cancer can save lives.
What can I do?
- book yourself in for a test, or if you have any questions or difficulties contact us,
- tell your friends about testing and let us work together to save lives,
- ask your employer if you can put up a notice for other employees to tell them about the testing day,
- ask your employer if they can make a donation to the MK prostate cancer support group, so that more tests can be funded.