June 26th, 2019

Man Van makes annual stop in the Hat

By MO CRANKER on April 15, 2019.

Andy Weishaar gets his blood taken by Nancy Wagner in the Man Van Saturday morning outside of London Drugs.


Men of the ages 40-80 had a chance to get their blood taken Saturday to check and see if they were at risk of prostate cancer.

The Man Van is based out of Calgary and makes yearly trips to cities around the province to help men make sure they’re staying healthy.

“The Man Van comes here every year and it’s become really popular,” said Philip Buisseret, who is a member of the local prostate cancer support group. “What the van does is come to communities and take blood and it’s free of charge for everyone.

“They take the blood, test the PSA and if someone’s PSA is abnormal then they contact them and encourage them to go get a full checkup at their family doctor.”

Around 90 men were expected to go to the van Saturday and Buisseret says it is becoming more popular with time.

“Each age group has a different baseline PSA that they should be around, so it’s easy for them to tell if they need to inform people of potential risk,” he said. “I think we had 50 people here waiting whern the van first got here.”

Buisseret says one in seven men will have prostate cancer at some point in their lives.

“Getting checked is so important,” he said. “My PSA went up and I had it check, followed the steps and I found out I had prostate cancer.

“That was three years ago and now everything is all good – people just need to be proactive and get checked every year.”

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