Bring dad to the Man Van on Father’s Day week­end

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

The fact that one in seven Al­ber­tan men will de­velop prostate can­cer in their life­time is ter­ri­fy­ing. Add men’s of­ten re­luc­tance to speak about their health, how­ever true, to the stigma around prostate test­ing, it’s no won­der the rate of di­ag­no­sis is so high.

But prostate can­cer is a rather treat­able dis­ease if de­tected early. And the Man Van will be in Drumheller again on June 18 to help, at the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum park­ing lot from 12-3 p.m. the day be­fore Father’s Day.

The ru­ral Man Van will be tour­ing south­ern Al­berta again this year and pro­vides an easy and glove-free way for men over 40 to get tested.

“We’re there to have fun,” said Man Van spokesman Ken Rabb. “There’s big leath- er chairs and tele­vi­sions. We want guys to come in and tell us a joke and we’ll tell them one. It’s re­laxed, com­fort­able, and we’re just glad to have guys that are tak­ing charge of The Man Van, a mo­bile prostate can­cer test­ing fa­cil­ity, will be in the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum park­ing lot on June 18 from 12-3 p.m. to of­fer free PSA tests for men over 40. of town, with funds earned from the Bingo games, pan­cake break­fasts, and their many other ac­tiv­i­ties.

Some­thing for the kids to look for­ward to in July – the Star­land County Sum­mer Fun Pro­gram is re­turn­ing. This will be a theme based sum­mer camp from July 4 to Au­gust 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will take place at the Delia United Church and the Mor­rin Arena. To reg­is­ter please con­tact Diana Rowe at 403 772 2793.

Happy an­niver­sary to Eleanor and Rick Fair on June 8, Happy Birth­day to both Terry Trefz and Dar­ren Den­zler on June 11, and to Barry Ma­son on June 16.

Never hold a Dust Buster and a cat at the same time. their health.”

Vis­i­tors will be given a free Prostate Spe­cific Anti­gen (PSA) test, which only re­quires a tea­spoon-sized sam­ple of blood to test for higher than rec­om­mended lev­els of the anti­gen in the blood­stream. Re­sults are given in about a week via phone af­ter tests are run at Rocky View Hos­pi­tal in Cal­gary.

“It doesn’t d i a g no s e prostate can­cer but it is an in­di­ca­tor,” said Rabb, adding that peo­ple over 50 are rec­om­mended to be tested ev­ery year.

“We try not to re­place a doc­tor. We still en­cour­age men to get tested and reg­u­larly visit their doc­tor. Our num­ber one goal is to be an aware­ness cam­paign, but we are also there to make it easy for guys to get tested.”

Drumheller vis­i­tors will be greeted by Martin, a prostate can­cer sur­vivor and a be­liever that PSA test­ing saved his life.

There’s big leather chairs and tele­vi­sions. We want guys to come in and tell us a joke and we’ll tell them one.”

Th e Man Van has tested over 27,000 men since it started in 2009 in Cal­gary. It is the only mo­bile PSA test­ing pro­gram in Canada. In 2013 they added a se­cond van to visit ru­ral lo­ca­tions.

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