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.

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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.

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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. 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

 

 

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The Prostate Cancer Centre’s Men’s Health Initiative expands on mobile PSA testing by offering additional health measurements through the MAN VAN Program. These include: height and weight, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and blood glucose. Following this testing, all men receive a 6 week follow up phone call from the Centre to check on any progress. Most men aged 18-50 only go to a health care provider when they feel “very ill”. The main health issues for men over the age of 40 are: cancer, (colon, skin, lung and prostate), hypertension, (elevated blood pressure, B/P), diabetes, (increased blood sugar) and obesity. Providing a man with the measurements for BMI, blood pressure and blood sugar could prevent future health problems and result in a happier man and a healthier workplace.

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Body Mass Index (BMI)

The easiest way to measure if men are under or over weight is the Body Mass Index, (BMI). It is the ratio of their weight to their height squared. This ratio takes into account the fact that taller people have more tissue or surface area than shorter people, and so they usually weigh more. BMI is not an exact measure, because it does not directly assess body fat. Muscle and bone are denser and therefor weigh more than fat. This would mean that an athlete or muscular man could have a high BMI, yet not have a lot of fat. However, the BMI is a very good measure of a man’s level of body fat.

The risk of developing health problems, including several chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, osteoarthritis and diabetes becomes more likely when your BMI is over 30 (using the  Health Canada guidelines). Research studies in large groups of people have shown that the BMI can be classified into ranges associated with health risk. There are four categories of BMI ranges in the Canadian weight classification system. These are:

BMI

References include Health Canada and Alberta Health Services.
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/weights-poids/guide-ld-adult/qa-qr-pub-eng.php#a2
http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/Infofor/hp/if-hp-ed-cdm-ns-3-3-1-body-measurements.pdf 

Random Blood Sugar (RBS)

Blood glucose is a type of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Glucose comes from the food we eat and is the main source of energy used by the body. Insulin is a naturally produced hormone that helps the cells in your body use the glucose. Insulin is produced in the pancreas and released into the blood when the amount of sugar, (glucose) in the blood rises.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that can be debilitating if not treated. Uncontrolled diabetes leads to high blood sugar levels, which can damage organs, blood vessels and nerves.

For our Know your Numbers campaign we use Canadian Diabetes Association and Alberta Health Services guidelines.
http://www.diabetes.ca/
http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/wf/lab/wf-lab-chemistry-reference-intervals.pdf

Blood Pressure (B/P)

The pressure of the blood against the walls of the arteries. It changes with the strength of each heartbeat, the elasticity of the material walls, the blood volume and viscosity (thickness of the blood), and a mans’ overall health, age, and physical condition.

Category Systolic / Diastolic
Low risk 120 / 80
Medium risk 121-139 / 80-89
High risk 140+ / 90
For the Know Your Numbers campaign we use Heart and Stroke Foundation guidelines and Alberta Health Services.
http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.3484023/k.2174/Heart_disease__High_blood_pressure.htm?src=healthline
http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/facilities/images/Mazankowksi/maz-pv-controlling-blood-pressure.pdf

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

The prostate is a small gland about the size and shape of a

walnut. It is located under the bladder, in front of the rectum, and surrounds part of the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder). If the prostate grows too large, the flow of urine can be slowed or stopped. The prostate makes, stores, and secretes fluid that forms part of the semen in which sperm are transported. PSA is a protein made by the prostate. Most PSA is found in semen, but some can be found in blood. A PSA test is a blood test that checks your PSA level.

High PSA levels provide a clue that a man may have prostate cancer. High levels may also be caused by cancer or non-cancerous conditions like infection, or an enlarged prostate. After treatment, your doctor will continue to monitor your PSA levels. If any prostate cancer cells remain after treatment they would cause a rise in the PSA.

Normal PSA Levels:

Age PSA Level
Up to age 49 0.00-2.50 µg/l
50-59 0.00-3.50 µg/l
60-69 0.00-4.50 µg/l
Age 70 and above 0.00-6.50 µg/l
*Reference range from Calgary lab Services.

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For more information on men’s health contact our clinical director Dave Bateman, RN, MPH at 403-943-8710 or go to:

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