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Terry Bytheway became the new chairman of the Teesside Prostate Cancer Support Group having taken over from Robin on 1st August 2017
Pictured here Terry can be found working with James Cook University Hospital in the Main Outpatients Department (Prostate Cancer Clinic) every Wednesday morning 08:30 to 12:30

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Volunteering at Main Outpatient Department providing information, comfort and positivity to Prostate Cancer patients.

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 On behalf of Prostate Cancer UK members of the Group will be hosting an information stand in the Marks & Spencer store, Hill Street, Middlesbrough, on three Fridays during July. The dates are the 14th, 21st and 28th July and the stand will be open from 9am to 1pm.

 Shoppers and members of the public are invited to come along and learn more about this disease which is the most common male cancer. Free leaflets, booklets and other information will be available.

Many thanks for their generosity to the management and staff of M&S

Jeff and me in Stampede to beat Prostate Cancer

Click for story on southtees.nhs.uk website

Raising awareness on Prostate Cancer Terri-Anne Rigg M&S store manager, Terence Bytheway and Alan Cornforth from Teesside Prostate Cancer Support Group. Many thanks to M&S and in particular Terri-Anne for their support. — at Marks and Spencer.

Presentation given to Redcar Retired Gentlemen's Club on Prostate Cancer. Getting the message out to a well attended gathering of 30 plus members - July 2017

Our group generally meets on the 4th Monday of each month. However, this can change for Bank Holidays and other events. If you are attending for the first time feel free to get in touch. Outside speakers are frequently invited to talk to the group about prostate cancer and other related medical topics, offering a chance to speak with a professional and answer any questions you may have.

Holme House prison

Terry Bytheway accompanied Sue Boyes PCUK local representative at Holme House prison. The prisoners collected money for PCUK presenting a cheque for over £200 and playing a 5-a-side game inside the hall as the weather was inclement. We

An article in the Mail claim that doctors are now able to spot signs of prostate cancer with a simple but highly accurate urine test to avoid unnecessary invasive biopsies. The test can detect two markers of the cancer found in urine - levels of which have shown to be eight times higher in men who have the disease. Scientists claim it could prevent 41% of unnecessary biopsies and it is 98% accurate in distinguishing men who do not have the disease from those who do. Researchers at the Radboud University Medical Centre in the Netherlands reported that the test, known as SelectMDx, is more effective at detecting biomarkers of prostate cancer, than the current, commonly used blood test and biopsy combination. It is also capable distinguishing between chemical markers of low grade and potentially fatal, aggressive prostate cancer. Every year in Britain, prostate cancer claims 10,000 lives. The disease is difficult to spot early, given that symptoms - pain when urinating and frequent, urgent trips to the lavatory - tend to arise only when the tumour has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra. This is when men may first go to their GP with a problem. There is no universal screening but many men opt for a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. PSA is a protein produced by the prostate, and concentrations in the blood often increase if someone has prostate cancer. The problem with the PSA test is that it is indicative only, 'says Dr Jan Groen, chief executive of Belgian-based developers MDxHealth. The test we have developed is cancer specific. Men become eligible for the urine test if they have been identified as being at risk of prostate cancer due to their PSA level. A doctor puts pressure on the gland causing cancer cells to shed. A urine sample is collected immediately afterwards to test for the biomarkers. The £225 test is now available privately in the UK through the LAB21 Clinical Laboratory. Professor Raj Persad, consultant urologist at the North Bristol NHS Trust said if this new test is more accurate at picking up clinically significant cancers, it could be offered as a screening test for prostate cancer, although he added this will need more rigorous clinical testing.

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“VIAGRA” Available over the counter”

You might have seen in the media that the MHRA has announced that a form of sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra) will soon be available from the chemist as an "over the counter" drug. It will be called Viagra Connect. The chemist will ask about the need for the drug and advise on use and side effects. Men with cardiovascular, liver or kidney problems will still need a prescription. Hopefully this decision will help men who need ED assistance but would not otherwise go to a GP and should avoid men buying "dodgy Viagra" from rogue internet sites.

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