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Mission

Mission Statement:

PCC’s mission is to eliminate advanced prostate cancer.

“We are a non-profit organization focused on the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer. We support excellence in the areas of awareness, access, care, treatment, advocacy and research in hopes that one day we can eliminate deaths due to advanced prostate cancer.”
--Prostate Cancer Center

Combines for Cures™ Goals & Objectives

Our goals and strategies are sound. The Combines for Cures™ team has developed the program based on a thorough knowledge of our rural audience and as a result, Combines for Cures™ has focused and ambitious goals and strategies.

Goals:

  • We will test (PSA blood test) 50% of all males over 40 years of age in rural Alberta by 2020.

  • We will purchase a second dedicated testing vehicle (Man Van™) for rural Alberta.

  • We will implement research and education programs for prostate cancer prevention, awareness and treatment by funding studies; providing educational links to rural physicians; and initiating corporate and community events starting March 2012.

  • We will raise two million dollars annually and maintain program administration costs of 11% by 2015.

  • We will develop a sustainable program for national and international expansion.

To achieve these goals we will use the following strategies:

  • organize and mobilize community organizations and established contacts in retail farm services.

  • educate and engage the rural medical community.

  • provide corporate sponsors with access to a highly targeted, relevant rural audience.

What is Early Detection?

Early detection saves lives! Prostate cancer is one of the most successfully treated types of cancers, but only when it is detected early through the help of the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test. PSA is a substance produced by the prostate and released in small amounts to the bloodstream.

Prostate cancer has no symptoms and according to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, one in seven Alberta men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. The PSA blood test helps in the early detection of prostate cancer.

There may be benign symptoms such as difficulty passing urine and enlargement of the prostate. This is also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, and is almost always found in older men.

Symptoms of the disease in advanced stages include pain in the bones of the lower back, hips, or upper thighs. Once the disease has spread beyond the prostate, it may be incurable.

Getting the PSA test is part of your insurance policy in the early detection of prostate cancer.

Who we’ve helped:

John Lee has a simple message to men in rural Alberta: getting a simple baseline blood test may help save your life.

The blood test that Lee is referring to is the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test; PSA is a substance produced by the prostate and is released in small amounts to the blood stream. Prostate cancer is one of the most successfully treated types of cancer – if caught early.

Thankfully Lee’s cancer story ends well: he’s here to talk about it. Lee routinely had yearly physicals with his family doctor in order to maintain his pilot’s and class one license. But it was Lee’s doctor that suggested that Lee get a PSA blood test with every physical in order to establish a baseline measurement when it came to keeping his prostate health in check.

In September 2009, Lee had more than five years worth of baseline blood tests that proved critical in his cancer diagnosis. While the test showed only a slightly elevated level, his doctor recommended that Lee go to the Prostate Cancer Center in Calgary. The PCC quickly diagnosed Lee’s early stage of Prostate cancer.

That’s why Lee is excited to spread the word about the Combines for Cures™ to his fellow farmers and ranchers. He’s emphatic about encouraging his rural colleagues to get that PSA blood test when the PCC brings its mobile clinic (MAN VAN™) to central Alberta.

“It’s so simple and so easy. There’s no pain, no embarrassment, no nothing. It’s just a simple draw of blood and you’re done,” says Lee. “It doesn’t cost you anything but a little bit of time.”