Colin Street Gives A Talk on Prostate Cancer

September 8, 2014 TPC-ADMIN

Colin Street Gives Talk on Prostate Cancer

The subject of this month’s Tavistock Probus Club talk was one which causes deep concern to men of retirement age namely Cancer of the Prostate Gland. Our speaker, Colin Street is a leading member of Derriford Prostate Steering Group (PSG) which was formed to increase awareness of the symptoms of the disease and of the availability of detection and treatment methods. There are 40,000 new cases of the disease each year in the UK.

What does the PSG do?

PSG works closely with the Chestnut Unit and the Prostate Support Group in Derriford Hospital. Colin was able to reassure members that, with early diagnosis, the disease can be successfully treated. The talk emphasised the importance of an annual Prostate Specific Antigen test (PSA). If cancer is detected then treatment can be by surgical removal of the gland or by forms of radiotherapy to destroy the cancer cells.

Colin was ably assisted by his colleague, John Thorn and was happy to answer the many and varied questions which followed the talk. David Isaac, on behalf of members, thanked Colin for his most informative talk.

The Probus Club celebrates its 25th Anniversary in October of this year with lunch at the Bedford Hotel. The subject of the October meeting is “Some engineering aspects of submarine operation”.

Anyone interested in Tavistock Probus Club may contact the secretary on 01822 615669. We are happy to welcome new members and hear from potential speakers.

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