MEN are being urged to attend a free event this evening to check for prostate cancer.

The free tests are being held at Marling School in Stroud tonight from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Men between 50 and 75 are encouraged to attend, as well as those over 40 who have a close relative who has had the condition.

The event is being organised by the Cotswolds Prostate Cancer Support Group and the Cheltenham branch of Lions International.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and accounts for around 11,000 deaths in the UK every year. 

 “Early detection gives the best chance of successful treatment,” said Roger Powell, trustee of the support group.

 “But as early- stage prostate cancer generally doesn’t produce any symptoms, a quick blood test is really worth having, and may even save your life. 

“We’ll have a team of experienced professionals on hand to carry out the quick and easy blood tests, and the sending of prompt confidential results will be under the supervision of an eminent retired urology consultant.”