The Man Van is making its way to the RMWB to teach men about the importance of testing and early detection of prostate cancer.
According to the Prostate Cancer Centre out of Calgary, approximately 2,600 men in Alberta are diagnosed with the disease on a yearly basis.
In addition, roughly 8 people die on average per week, making it the leading cancer for men in the province.
Man Van Program Manager Ken Rabb tells Mix News there are no early warning signs and early detection could be the difference between life and death.
“Men are very reluctant to go to the doctor. So, we take the clinic to them. We go out to these communities and have a great team. It’s a lot different than a doctor’s office, it’s a lot of fun and there is a lot of joking around but they do take what they do very seriously.”
The Mobile Clinic will be in Fort McMurray to provide men with baseline prostate-specific antigen blood tests – which helps with early detection.
Rabb says talking to your doctor about your prostate concerns is fundamental.
“Ask them about PSA testing, ask them when is the right time to get a digital rectal exam. It’s never too early to be proactive about your health and I know we men can be notoriously bad at that and we hope we can raise a bit of awareness when we’re in town.
The Man Van will be at the ATB Financial Building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Thursday.