Shane Homes Joins the Drive to Eliminate Advance Prostate Cancer – Donates $75,000 to Prostate Cancer Centre’s MAN VAN®

Community June 11, 2024

The Prostate Cancer Centre fights prostate cancer by delivering one-stop support to men and families through rapid access to personalized care, research, and education. They promote overall health and well-being, inspire hope, and reduce the impact of prostate cancer in our community.

In Alberta, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer which accounts for 15% of all cancers, with an estimated 2,700 new cases each year.

The MAN VAN® is Canada’s first mobile men’s health clinic offering free PSA blood testing for early prostate cancer detection in men. The funding provided by Shane Homes will support the Prostate Cancer Centre’s (PCC) MAN VAN® goal in providing equitable health care across the province — ultimately saving lives and saving families.

The MAN VAN® goes where the men are and removes barriers to accessing health care, especially in rural or vulnerable communities. With the expansion of the program, PCC will increase patient visits from 7,000 per year to 25,000 and increase the number of communities visited by 25 to 35%. Since its launch in 2009, the MAN VAN® has tested more than 65,000 men across over 150 Alberta communities.

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“When approached to support the expansion of the Prostate Cancer Centre’s MAN VAN®, we had the chance to support preventative care for one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among Canadian men,” says Shane Wenzel, CEO of Shane Homes Group of Companies. “At Shane, we have always thought it’s our responsibility to give back to the communities we build in. The mobility of the MAN VAN® caught my attention because it’s a new way to make preventative healthcare accessible and meet men where they are.”

This year Shane Homes has committed to donate $75,000 to the MAN VAN®.

For many men, a visit to the MAN VAN® is their first step in becoming more proactive about their health and lifestyle. The PCC and the MAN VAN® welcome all Albertan men regardless of where they live, their ethnicity, sexual orientation, income or religion.

“This is a silent disease until it’s too late”, says Jeff Davidson, CEO of the Prostate Cancer Centre. “We know that men are 67% less likely to have a health-care provider. This number is worse in rural or vulnerable communities. By reaching more men, we can proactively test and diagnose the disease before it gets to a point where treatment is ineffective.”

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