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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Prostate Cancer Awareness: The MAN VAN Returns To Vermilion On September 9

Did you know that prostate cancer affects 1 in 6 men in Alberta during their lifetime? This silent adversary often lurks without early symptoms, making early detection crucial. While some men with prostate cancer lack elevated risk factors, it’s essential to understand the factors that do increase the risk. As we delve into this important topic, we find that age, family history, diet, and ethnicity play pivotal roles.

Prostate cancer risk escalates with age, emphasizing the need for vigilance as men grow older. If there’s a family history of prostate cancer, the risk amplifies, particularly based on the relationship to a relative with the disease. Fathers should encourage their sons above 40 to undergo regular checks. A high-fat diet also raises the risk. While Black males face a higher risk compared to Caucasians and Asians, it’s important to note that this disease can impact any male.

Symptoms of prostate cancer may involve issues with bleeding during urination or the inability to urinate due to cancer’s encroachment in the prostate region. While these symptoms can sometimes stem from benign prostate enlargement, they must not be disregarded and require thorough investigation. Advanced prostate cancer typically infiltrates the bones, frequently causing lower back and pelvic bone pain.

A simple yet effective way to monitor prostate health is through a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test. PSA is a protein predominantly found in semen but can also be detected in the blood. This test assesses PSA levels, enabling physicians to determine if further investigation is necessary. Early detection of prostate cancer significantly improves treatment outcomes.

The Prostate Cancer Centre is committed to raising awareness about the significance of early detection and is thrilled to announce the return of the MAN VAN. The MAN VAN is a mobile men’s health clinic exclusively offering free PSA blood testing for men aged 40-80 across Alberta.

On Saturday, September 9, the MAN VAN will be stationed in Vermilion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vermilion Heritage Park (5320 50 Avenue). Men aged 40-80 can receive a free baseline PSA blood test without needing an appointment. Additionally, men over 18 will benefit from blood, blood sugar, waist circumference, and stress check measurements.

This invaluable clinic is made possible by the generous support of sponsors. The MAN VAN is sponsored by Inter Pipeline, while the rural MAN VAN receives proud sponsorship from AGAT Labs, Bayer, Nutrien, Calgary Flames Foundation, PG Charity Classic, Remington, and Nutrien.

Mark your calendars and spread the word! The MAN VAN’s visit to Vermilion on September 9 provides a golden opportunity to take charge of your health, reinforcing the adage that prevention is better than cure.

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