This Van Can: Check your Risk of Prostate Cancer
ThisVanCan is a Greater Manchester NHS mobile health clinic in a van. It aims to find men at risk of prostate cancer so that they can be diagnosed earlier to ultimately save lives. When caught earlier prostate cancer is often more treatable and men make a full recovery.
You are more likely to get prostate cancer if you are:
- Black and over age 45
- If you have a family history of prostate, breast or ovarian cancer and are over 45. This means your father or brother has had prostate cancer when they were under the age of 55 or your mother or sister has had breast or ovarian cancer when they were under the age of 50. (further information about family history)
Men, or people with a prostate, who fit into either of these groupscan book an appointment at our ThisVanCan roadshow. You are able to use this service if you registered with a GP in Greater Manchester.
Check your risk of prostate cancer by using the Prostate Cancer UK risk checker.
The van is touring in a number of locations throughout Greater Manchester. Please check this webpage where locations will be updated regularly.
You will need to book an appointment in advance, which you can do below. Please have your NHS number ready.
If the van isn’t in your area or you are not able to book an appointment, it’s still important to seek support. If you are black and over 45 or over 45 with a prostate and a history of prostate, breast or ovarian cancer in your family we would recommend that you should speak to your GP to discuss your risk.
Informal chat with a professional
When you turn up, you will be able to talk to a member of NHS staff, privately and in a relaxed environment.
Our NHS staff will talk to you about your risk of prostate cancer, answer any questions that you might have and provide information about your prostate health.
You can then also choose whether or not to have a free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test. If you decide to go ahead and have a PSA blood test, we will take a blood sample from your arm, whilst you are in in the van. We will get back to you with your results within a few weeks. If you need any further tests, we’ll let you know.
You can talk to a member of NHS staff in a private and relaxed environment.
The PSA test is a blood test that measures the amount of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. A raised PSA level may suggest you have a problem with your prostate, it does not necessarily mean that you have cancer.
The test does not give a conclusive diagnosis on its own, but together with information about your individual lifestyle and risk it can be a helpful tool for doctors to decide if you may need further tests or treatment. You can find out more on the Prostate Cancer UK website.
You will be given an information leaflet by healthcare staff when you attend for your appointment.
If you choose to have a PSA test, your blood will be taken to the lab to test. One of the ThisVanCan team will follow up with you via letter. They’ll let you know your results and whether any if there’s any further investigations you may require.
If you have not received your results within 14 days, please contact ThisVanCan.
If you aren’t registered with a GP, anybody can register for free in England. You do not need proof of address or immigration status, ID or an NHS Number.
For more details on how to register please visit www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/gps/how-to-register-with-a-gp-surgery/
You can also register at a GP practice in person.
- You already have a history of prostate cancer – the aim of this project is to help find new cases of prostate cancer
- If you have got a urinary infection or had one in the last 6 weeks because this can affect the PSA result
We’d also advise you avoid having a PSA test if you have done any of the activities below as this can effect PSA levels
- Ejaculated in previous 48 hours
- Exercised vigorously, for example cycling in the previous 48 hours
- Had a urological procedure such as catheter insertion, camera test into your bladder or prostate biopsy in previous 6 weeks
If you have any of the following symptoms we would advise you to contact your GP as you will require a more in depth assessment which cannot be done on the mobile van.
- Lower urinary tract symptoms, such as problems passing urine, such as passing urine a lot at night , frequency , struggling to start or feeling like your bladder hasn’t emptied
- Erectile dysfunction
- Blood in your urine
- Lower back or bone pain
- Extreme tiredness lasting more than 3 weeks
- Unexplained weight loss
When you book your appointment, let us know which date and location you are interested in.
Or you can visit your GP if you are worried about your risk of prostate cancer and would prefer to speak to them.
If you have been feeling poorly, unwell or have had a symptom/s for more than 3 weeks, then please contact your surgery and make an appointment with your GP.
The ThisVanCan team will be touring all over Greater Manchester. For a full list of dates, please click here.
In June, the van will be stopping in some of our neighbourhoods, offering a perfect opportunity for residents to visit and get a PSA test.
These dates are:
- 1st June 2023, 11am-3pm: Asda Harpurhey (M9 4DJ)
- 7th June 2023, 11am-3pm: Saint John Bosco RC Church, Blackley (M9 7BD)
- 9th June 2023, 11am-3pm: Tesco Superstore, Blackley (M9 6HP)
- 10th June 2023, 11am-8pm: Tesco Superstore, Blackley (M9 6HP)