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