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Man Van cancels Fort Macleod visit

The Man Van offers free baseline PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood tests to men over the age of 40.

The Man Van last week cancelled its stop at the Fort Macleod Curling Club’s men’s bonspiel on Saturday, March 28.

The decision was made in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Two days after the Man Van’s announcement, Fort Macleod Curling Club cancelled its leagues and bonspiels.

The Man Van offers free baseline PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood tests to men over the age of 40 as well as blood pressure, blood glucose, stress check questionnaire and waist circumference measurement to all men over 18 years of age.

Balancing work, family and a social life keeps men busy. Health is not always top-of-mind.

It can be difficult for men to fit regular doctor visits into their schedules. That is why the Prostate Cancer Centre offers the services of the Man Van to the community.

No appointment is necessary.

The PSA 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.

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.  

In Canada, the state of men’s health is often called the “silent crisis.”

Men live five years less than women on average and out of the top 15 causes of death, men lead in 14.

Men also are more likely to avoid preventative care, delay treatment, pay less attention to health information and are less likely to have a health care provider.

Measurements for BMI, blood pressure and blood glucose can help men determine a man’s overall health status and allow health practitioners to catch and possibly reverse potential problems early on.

The Prostate Cancer Centre is a non-profit organization established in 1999 and focused on the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer and prostate related disease.