The Man Van was in Airdrie on Monday at Genesis Place and plenty of Airdonians got tested to make sure they are still healthy.

Canada’s first mobile men’s health clinic, the Man Van offers free PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood testing used for early detection of prostate cancer. Men between the ages of 40-80 were getting tested.

Camille Scheible, the provincial manager for the Man Van Program with the Prostate Cancer Center talked about how the afternoon went.

"We had 116 men come out and get checked, which exceeded our expectations. We typically hope to get around 50 to 60 men out at a clinic, so it was great to see such a massive turnout."

While no future dates for Airdrie are booked as of right now, with such are large turnout, Scheible does hope they can return to Airdrie once more this year.

"It just shows us that the need is here. We're really excited to work with the City of Airdrie again or other organizations here in Airdrie to bring the Man Van back."

AirdriePhoto of the line waiting to get the test.

According to Scheible, everybody at the event was overall positive.

"They (the men) were waiting in line a little bit because we were so busy. It was just great to see the guys also positive and chatting with each other. There are always some that are a little bit more nervous to get tested and I'm always even more proud of those guys for coming out.

Scheible went on to talk about why men need to get tested regularly once they hit 40 years old.

"When we do the 15-minute blood test, which doesn't necessarily lead to prostate cancer diagnosis itself, but the overall health of the prostate and it's important to understand what's going on within your body. we do find about seven per cent of the test to be elevated, meaning that they do require some sort of further testing."

Multiple local volunteers also spent timeIf you would like to take the simple blood test, click HERE to see the Man Vans schedule.

Since the Man Van first started operations back in 2009, they have tested 67,000 men, serving around 7,000 each year.

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