The Red Sock campaign was founded by Keith S. Cass in 2007 it is funded and run by Keith himself all comments are his own drawn from his experience of living with incurable prostate cancer.
The aim of the red sock campaign is to help the uninformed man to become the informed man about the risks and benefits of being tested for prostate cancer. The red sock campaign is here to support all those affected by prostate cancer.
It is within the remit of Human Rights for an individual to know that he has cancer and the risks associated with the disease.
A simple blood test approved by NICE for prostate problems (called the PSA test) is available at all GP surgeries for ALL men from 50 years of age or younger if they are in the HIGH risk group (black African/Caribbean men, men with a family history of prostate cancer (N.I.C.E guidelines).
Far too often overlooked is the fact that the PSA test is also a useful blood test in determining which men may never be at risk of prostate cancer.The PSA test is helpful along with a rectal examination (DRE) to indicate problems in the prostate gland.
The PSA can then be monitored by the GP as and when necessary, only if or when the PSA/DRE indicated abnormalities would the man be referred to a Specialist unit for further tests (the rate at which the PSA score changes is a key element in deciding if a patient needs further tests), the current trigger for treatment is a man who presents with a DRE examination that indicates some hardening or lumpiness and a PSA of upto 10 resulting in a biopsy that revels a Gleason score of OVER 6.
An early diagnosis and appropriate timely intervention can effect survival and even cure in most cases ,thus saving the lives of many men reckoned to be in excess of 11,000 a year, who currently perish due to prostate cancer in the UK.
Prostate Cancer is the leading cancer in men in the UK
The number of Prostate Cancer deaths per day in the UK
The number of NEW Prostate Cancer cases diagnosed every day
% of men surviving 10 years + after cancer diagnosis
To “RAISE THE AWARENESS” of Prostate Cancer in Wales. “EVERY MAN should have access to the treatment that is best for his cancer and his lifestyle.” Leaflets and booklets about Prostate Cancer need to be more readily available across Wales.
To provide A LINK to those seeking where to get ADVICE & GUIDANCE on Prostate Cancer as well as information on events and how to become involved, as the number of men needing care for Prostate Cancer is certain to rise in the next few years.
To improve and provide BETTER FACILITIES, information and meeting places for men and their families to discuss any queries they may have regarding their symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle.
The PSA blood test should be at least offered as part of an annual health check for ALL men, it would then be the mans OWN choice as to whether he decides to have the health check offered to him.