The Prostate Cancer Centre’s Man Van returning to Ponoka

Staff will be in Ponoka with the Man Van Saturday, March 23 for the free blood test

The Man Van is making its way to Ponoka Saturday, March 23 at the Ponoka Elks Lodge. Nurses will conduct a simple blood test from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to determine if there is a risk of prostate cancer. Photo courtesy of the Prostate Cancer Centre

The Prostate Cancer Centre’s Man Van is rolling into Ponoka.

Scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at the Elks Club building on Highway 2A, the roving van will be offering free baseline Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood tests from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This test is becoming a popular form of testing for prostate cancer and is for men between the ages of 40 to 80 years old, states a press release from the Prostate Cancer Centre.

Technicians will also be testing for blood pressure, blood glucose and waist circumference measurements to all men over 18.

While health is not always top-of-mind for people, the simple check may be a good first step for ensuring prostate health.

This is one reason the van will be coming to Ponoka, which has proven to be much appreciated by residents.

The PSA test is a simple blood test that helps in the early detection of prostate cancer. It’s 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.

Considering that the leading cancer in Alberta men is prostate cancer (one in seven men in their lifetime), the centre hopes the Man Van will help with early detection.

Men are also less likely to avoid preventative care, plus they’ll delay treatment, pay less attention to health information and are less likely to have a healthcare provider, states the release.

By taking this test, measurements for BMI, blood pressure and blood glucose could help men determine a man’s overall health status, and allow health practitioners to catch and possibly reverse potential problems early on.

No appointment is necessary.

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. We support excellence in prostate cancer awareness, education, diagnosis, treatment, advocacy and research with the ultimate goal of eliminating advanced prostate cancer.

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