** Important Information **
The health and safety of our community is important to us at the MAN VAN™! We are closely monitoring the evolving Coronavirus pandemic, and we know this is a time of uncertainty for everyone.
THE MAN VAN PROGRAM IS CLOSED UNTIL SPRING 2021.
- Please stay tuned to getchecked.ca for an update on when we will resume services.
- More information on how to reduce your exposure and the potential spread of the Coronavirus can be found at the LINK HERE.
Thank you for understanding our inability to provide in-person services at this time, we hope to be back as soon as possible!
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.
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Calgary’s 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 Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre.
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.
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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.
The MANVAN™ mobile units do not check below the belt. Only a simple blood test is required to analyse your PSA levels.
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.
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
Calgary’s 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 of Calgary’s 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 nurse from Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre and will be 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 Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre. Calgary’s 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 Linda MacNaughton at firstname.lastname@example.org.