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

Sun 20

Optimist/George Blunden Arenas

January 20 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Optimist/George Blunden Arenas
5020 26 Avenue SW
Calgary
Fri 25

Calgary Tech Talks

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fairmont Palliser
133 9 Ave SW
Calgary
Feb 03

Brentwood London Drugs

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Brentwood – London Drugs
3630 Brentwood Rd. NW
Calgary
Feb 06

Great West Kenworth

February 6 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Great West Kenworth
5909 6 Street SE
Calgary
Feb 09

Village Square Leisure Centre

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Village Square Leisure Centre
2623 56 St NE
Calgary

Rural MAN VAN

Sat 19

Innisfail Coop

January 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Innisfail Coop
4303 50th Street
Innisfail
Sat 26

Cochrane Men’s Bonspiel

January 26 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre
800 Griffin Road E
Cochrane
Feb 06

AGAT Tech Talks

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hotel MacDonald
10065 100 St NW
Edmonton
Feb 16

Strathmore Family Centre

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Strathmore Family Centre
160 Brent Blvd
Strathmore
Feb 27

Ag Expo Lethbridge

February 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Exhibition Park
3401 Parkside Dr S
Lethbridge
Feb 28

Ag Expo Lethbridge

February 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Exhibition Park
3401 Parkside Dr S
Lethbridge

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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 baseline PSA blood testing for men aged 40 – 80 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 free baseline PSA blood testing for men aged 40 – 80. 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