Prostate screening clinic in Llandudno is potential lifesaver


James Wilde

A FREE prostate screening clinic in Llandudno “may have saved lives.”

Attended by 260 men at the Trinity Centre, 250 blood tests were received and analysed to be ranked using a traffic-light system.

17 tests were ranked as red meaning they had to go straight to a urologist that specialises in the study or treatment of the function and disorders of the urinary system, 8 were ranked as orange which means they need to see their doctor within a month.

The other 225 were green meaning they were clear.

The event was hosted by Llandudno Lions Club and was organised by branch president Stuart Lowndes, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer ten years ago at the age of 63.

Mr Lowndes, now 73, said: “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer after having a random blood test. I had no symptoms at all. 

“Thankfully after my treatment I have been clear of prostate cancer for seven years."

To fund the screening which cost £4,000, the Lions Club held and took part in several fundraising events throughout the year including golf competitions, a zipwire challenge, a Christmas raffle and the boxing day dip.

Former Llandudno mayor Frank Bradfield who took part in the screening said: “The screening was a tremendous success.

“When you think that that these men all have partners or wives and many are grandparents and parents, the number of people involved in this exercise is countless.”

The club will now discuss at their next meeting in June whether the event will become an annual or biannual.

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