PSA testing set for Portsmouth matchday

Alan Curbishley getting a PSA test

On International Men's Day, the club can confirm it will once again host the annual PSA testing day at The Valley ahead of the men’s first-team's fixture against Portsmouth on Saturday, February 24th, 2024.

In 2018, the club began PSA testing on a matchday to make the testing accessible to supporters who may not also prioritise their health.

The PSA test is a blood test that measures the amount of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in your blood to help diagnose prostate problems - including prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is now the third most common cancer in the UK. Early diagnosis is crucial but symptoms do not usually appear until the prostate is large enough to affect the urethra. 

The initiative was started and has been driven by the men’s first-team’s Head of Player Care Tracey Leaburn, who lost her father to prostate cancer.

She said: “We started this as I didn't want other families going through what my family went through when we lost my dad. A simple test can save lives and prevent so many people so much heartache. 

"I'd ask everyone to encourage their dad, brother, nephew, uncle and loved ones to get down and get tested.

"The number of fans that have reached out to me to say that they were diagnosed with prostate cancer after attending our testing events shows how important this event is. A father and son were both diagnosed who had no symptoms, but because it was found early they both have had successful treatment."

In total, 95 men have received either red or amber results across four years of matchday PSA tests.

The PSA testing will take place from 12pm until 3pm at The Valley on the day of the Portsmouth game. A minimum £15 donation is requested. Click here to book your test now

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