On Saturday 10th March, the Freemasons of Newbury are opening the Newbury Masonic Centre to the public as part of the #EnoughisEnough campaign. Between 10am and 3pm, the team will be in Newbury’s main shopping area, Northbrook Street, to answer questions from the public and offer them the opportunity to tour the Centre.
On the same day, from 10am until 1pm, Freemasons, as well as their friends and family, will be able to take a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test to look for early signs of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the third biggest cancer killer in the UK after lung and bowel cancer and biggest killer of men.
The NHS describes the prostate as a “small gland in the pelvis, found only in men. It’s located between the penis and the bladder and it’s main function is to help in the production of semen”.
According to the BBC News website, although deaths from prostate cancer have been rising over the past 10 years or so, the mortality rate or the proportion of men dying from the disease has fallen – by 6% – between 2010 and 2015.
The Berkshire masonic comunity has joned with a number of the surrounding provinces to increase awareness of the issue. We are encouraging members to discuss the issue with their male friends and family, and to consider getting tested. Testing events are being hosted at Masonic centres throughout the province over the coming year.
Useful information about Prostate Cancer