Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre opened in 1999 and today is a world-class medical centre with a mandate to prevent Alberta men from dying of prostate cancer, and to improve the quality of their lives and their families lives in the process. Annually, over 12,000 patients visit the Prostate Cancer Centre. The Centre pursues its mission by reaching out to individuals, corporations, and others to channel resources – both financial and human – to fight this deadly disease.
In 2009, the Prostate Cancer Centre introduced the Man Van™ Program. This program goes out into the communities of Calgary. In 2013 a second Man Van™ was added to go out to communities in rural southern Alberta. Its two mobile PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood testing clinics not only provide baseline PSA tests for men aged 40 and older, but they also create awareness about the importance of early detection of prostate cancer as it is treatable if caught early.
Our Men’s Health Program is powered by the Man Van and expands mobile testing beyond the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) by offering additional health measurements including: Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure and blood sugar. The Man Van is the perfect platform to reach men of all ages and socioeconomic status as it directly accesses rural and urban Alberta. We are very pleased to be able to offer this added service for men.
Annual Report – 2015 Highlights:
In 2015, we entered into a period of great opportunity and complex challenges. At a time when all budgets are tight and we are seeking ways to reduce costs, our mission to over treat less and cure more takes on added urgency.
The Prostate Cancer Centre operates for you. We provide current information about prostate cancer and the most up-to-date resources. Together, our staff and volunteers form a team that works to ensure your needs are met. Our programs and services are tailored to guide you through your journey with prostate cancer. We offer group and individual programs that assist patients at the time of diagnosis, during their treatment and throughout their recovery.
By 2019 we want everyone living with prostate cancer in Calgary and area to be able to say:
Volunteer: Our 71 volunteers are our most valuable resource. Many of our volunteers have experienced prostate cancer firsthand and generously share their time, insight and experience. Opportunities are available both within the Centre and in the community.
Hold an Event: Fundraising events are a fun way for people of all ages, interests, and abilities to come together and support a worthy cause. They are so important to the work at the Prostate Cancer Centre and you make them happen. Events also provide a platform to share prostate cancer awareness in your community. The event can be a creation of your choice – make it fun and invite your friends, family and colleagues to support you!
Host a Man Van Clinic: The Prostate Cancer Centre is pleased to introduce our “Get Checked” prostate health program to employers who place a high value on health for their male employees. The Man Van™ is a mobile unit operated by the Prostate Cancer Centre. Its purposed is to increase awareness of the importance of early detection of prostate cancer. On scheduled dates it offers free on-the-spot baseline PSA testing at a variety of locations.
Sponsorship: When we work together we are able to accomplish amazing things. There are opportunities to support the work at our Centre, including programs and services and the Man Van™ program. Additionally, many of our community events rely on prizes, donations, and cash sponsorship’s.
To learn more about what you can do, visit our website: http://www.prostatecancercentre.ca/support-us/