It’s not what you think…

Getting checked is nothing more than a simple blood test, taking less than 10 minutes, which could help in the early detection of prostate cancer. You can have your PSA test at your local health services laboratory if ordered by your doctor or at one of the Prostate Cancer Centre’s mobile MAN VAN™ clinics.

For more information about the MAN VAN download our brochure or contact Ken Rabb at 403-943-8952.

If you are interested in booking a MAN VAN clinic click here.

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Download the MAN VAN toolkit here.

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The MAN VAN Tracker

Calgary MAN VAN

Thu 19

Tsu T’ina Health Unit

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tsu T’ina Health Unit
17 Bullhead Rd
Calgary
Sat 21

London Drugs – Airdrie

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
London Drugs – Airdrie
2787 Main St SW, 110
Airdrie
Nov 04

Korean Health Fair

November 4 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dalhousie Community Centre
5432 Dalhart Rd NW
Calgary
Nov 09

RBC Private Banking

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
RBC Private Banking
335 -8th Ave SW
Calgary
Nov 12

London Drugs

November 12 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
London Drugs
3545 32 Ave NE
Calgary
Nov 18

Canadian Tire

November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Canadian Tire – Country Hills
200 388 Country Hills Blvd. N.E.
Calgary

Rural MAN VAN

Thu 19

Drumheller

October 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Drumheller Co-op
55 Hwy 10 East
Drumheller
Sat 21

Olds

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Olds Legion
5241 46 ST
Olds
Fri 27

Bassano

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bassano – ATB
412 2 St
Bassano
Nov 03

Gleichen

November 3 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
ATB – Gleichen
345 Greisbach St
Gleichen
Nov 17

Nanton

November 17 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
ATB – Nanton
2202 20 St
Nanton
Nov 22

Lacombe

November 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lacombe – AFSC
5718 56 Ave
Lacombe

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Get Checked

The Prostate Cancer Centre is pleased to introduce our “Get Checked” prostate health program to employers who place a high value on health for their male employees. Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men. In Alberta on average, 2,500 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 370 will die this year! There may be no early warning signs of prostate cancer. Yet if caught early, it is a very treatable disease. PSA (prostate specific antigen) screening is one of the tools urologists can use to determine if a man is at increased risk for prostate cancer. “The best evidence demonstrates prostate cancer screening will reduce prostate cancer mortality”. Dr. Bryan Donnelly, Chairman of the Prostate Cancer Centre.

Family Doctor

Your family doctor can request a PSA blood test as part of your health and well-being success plan.  If you are 40 or older, talk with your doctor to schedule PSA blood tests every five years. After age 50, talk with your doctor about including a Digital Rectal exam with your yearly PSA blood test.

Don’t have a family doctor? Click here to find one.

Mobile Testing

The MAN VAN™ is a mobile unit operated by the Prostate Cancer Centre. Its purpose is to increase awareness of the importance of early detection of prostate cancer. On scheduled dates it offers free on-the-spot baseline PSA testing at a variety of locations. To learn how you can Get Checked at MAN VAN™ locations, view our Man Van Tracker for details.

 

 

 

FAQ’s

Get Checked

Rectal Exam?

The MANVAN™ mobile units do not check below the belt. Only a simple blood test is required to analyse your PSA levels.

Is it safe to have a PSA test?

Yes.

A registered nurse or phlebotomist will draw a blood sample and all equipment is sterile. The possible side effects are the same as any simple blood test: light-headedness, minor pain, bruising, bleeding, or infection at the site of the needle puncture.

If my results are higher than normal do I have cancer?

High results DO NOT mean you have cancer. If your test score is high you will be given a requisition for a repeat PSA test at a local laboratory.

Your physician may recommend a DRE (digital rectal exam) and if warranted, you may be referred to a Urologist who may arrange for a biopsy.

A biopsy is the only way to conclusively identify prostate cancer.

 

Host a Get Checked Clinic with the Man Van

The Prostate Cancer Centre will provide a three hour “Get Checked” clinic at your workplace on a day of your choice. There is no appointment necessary! We will provide testing to men 40 years of age and older. All men will receive a pocket folder so they can keep track of their PSA levels. The blood draws are done by registered nurses or phlebotomists. Two Prostate Cancer Centre volunteers are hosts for the clinic and offer information on PSA and prostate cancer. Men who participate will have their results sent to them by mail within 7-10 days after the clinic. Results will not go to the employer. Men with elevated results will be called by a Prostate Cancer Centre nurse and given instructions for further follow-up.

Show your employees that you care about their health. The cost for a clinic is $1500.00. Any donation above this amount will be eligible for a tax receipt and donations received above $500 will be added to our donor wall at the Prostate Cancer Centre. The Prostate Cancer Centre is a non-profit organization that relies solely on donations. We receive no government funding.

Thank you for caring for the health of your male employees!

Questions? Please contact Ken Rabb at 403-943-8952 or kenr@prostatecancercentre.ca