Calgary Radiologist and PCC board member Dr. Shelley Spaner is the founder of Women for Men’s Health. Dr. Spaner has witnessed the disparity between women and men’s health firsthand, and has started this initiative to engage women as active players in closing the gender gap when it comes to health and wellness.
Her vision is to create a program in Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre that resides within the Southern Alberta Institute of Urology that is all inclusive and accessible for men, to shift men’s behaviours towards maintaining their health, and to mobilize women as key players in this effort.
The message is simple, to prevent men from dying in this province from modifiable health factors related to diet, weight, blood pressure, and prostate cancer we need to encourage men to visit their doctor and get checked regularly.
Women for Men’s Health’s mission is to support and build awareness about Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre’s men’s health program called “Know Your Numbers.” Women for Men’s Health was started in order to raise money to be used to fund programs which increase awareness and to aid research in areas that impact men’s health.
The four key areas of focus:
The current goal of the Men’s Health Program is to leverage off Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre’s “get checked” program that is delivered to men through our MAN VAN™. As well as offering free PSA tests, we felt it made sense to have men understand other numbers that impacted their long term health. Since 2010 we have administered over 35,000 PSA tests and captured data around this test. In the last year we have collected over 1,500 statistics from men on blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI and we can definitely speak to trends we are seeing.
For more information about “Know Your Numbers” click here.
Details to come soon.
Dr. Spaner is a Calgary pioneer in the area of men’s health, having seen the health issues that currently face men and in a drive to make a difference, she hosted, an event called ‘Saddle Up’ a spin-a-thon with the intent to raise awareness about Men’s Health issues, challenge participants physically, and provide exposure to an activity that can easily be incorporated into any lifestyle. In the event’s two year running it raised over $100,000 for the men’s health at the Prostate Cancer Centre.
In Alberta, one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. When detected early, prostate cancer is one of the most successfully treated types of cancer.
The staff and volunteers at the Prostate Cancer Centre are dedicated to educating men about the importance of early detection.