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Fort Macleod Man Van turnout above average

Phil Moses of Fort Macleod fills out a registration form Thursday prior to having his PSA test during the Man Van’s visit to Fort Macleod.

The chance to have their PSA tested through a simple blood test proved a strong attraction Thursday for men in Fort Macleod and district.
Fifty-seven men signed up for a test at the Man Van while it was parked at the Market on Main.
That turnout is 50 per cent higher than a typical Man Van clinic, according to Man Van program co-ordinator Ken Rabb.
“Even though there was a bit of a wait, everyone was in a great mood and so grateful for the service,” Rabb said. “We may need to bring out another clinical staff member to help draw blood to speed thing along.”
The PSA (prostate specific antigen) test is a simple blood test that helps in the early detection of prostate cancer.
PSA is a protein produced by the prostate and released in small amounts to the bloodstream.
The amount of PSA in the bloodstream can often predict a man’s risk of prostate cancer.
Fort Macleod men between the ages of 40-80 years on Thursday filled out a short form and lined up for the test.
Inside the Man Van, blood samples were taken to be sent for testing.
Men who took part in the clinic will receive their results in the mail.
Should their PSA test be higher than the norm, they will receive a phone call advising them of the results.
Prostate cancer is the leading cancer in Albertan men.
One man in seven will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime.
About 2,600 men will be diagnosed annually with prostate cancer and eight men will die from it every week.
There are often no early warning signs of prostate cancer and early detection through the PSA test saves lives.
The Prostate Cancer Centre in Calgary, which operates the Man Van, is a non-profit organization established in 1999 and focuses on the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer and prostate related disease.
The centre supports excellence in prostate cancer awareness, education, diagnosis, treatment, advocacy and research with the ultimate goal of eliminating advanced prostate cancer.
The efforts are paying off, judging from the growing turnout at Man Van clinics in Fort Macleod.
“This was our best turnout in Fort Macleod yet,” Rabb said. “Men are becoming more aware about the importance of getting checked and the market was the perfect venue.”
Rabb noted the men who attended the Fort Macleod clinic provided $150 in cash donations to help keep the Man Van on the road.

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