Bermudan parliament weighs in on prostate cancer treatment

One would hardly expect the treatment of prostate cancer to become an issue for fierce debate in the Bermudan Parliament. However, this seems to have occurred yesterday in a heated argument over treatment of men with high-intensity focused ultrasound or HIFU. … READ MORE …

Chlordecone use linked to prostate cancer in Guadeloupe

From 1973 to 1993 the estrogenic insecticide chlordecone (marketed as Kepone) was widely used in the French West Indies to control pests in the banana crop. … READ MORE …

Pesticides and prostate cancer in Martinique?

Landau-Ossondo et al. have published additional data suggesting that there may be a correlation between the use of certain types of pesticide and the growing incidence of prostate cancer (and perhaps breast cancer) on the French West Indian island of Martinique, and that this increasing incidence of prostate cancer cannot be exclusively explained by the known risks for prostate cancer among men of Afro-Caribbean ethnicity.

Pesticides and prostate cancer on Guadeloupe and Martinique

A study just published by Belpomme et al. analyzes risk for prostate cancer on the  islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in order to gain further insight into the etiology (underlying causes) of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Food patterns, prostate cancer, and Jamaican men

Jackson et al. have studied  the association between dietary patterns and risk of prostate cancer in Jamaican men by conducting a case-control study of the diets of 204 histologically confirmed, newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients and 204 matched control patients attending urology clinics in Jamaica between 2004 and 2007. Diet was assessed by food frequency questionnaire. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer risk among men of African descent

Odedina et al. have reviewed available data on the incidence, prevalence, and mortality rates of  prostate cancer among African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, and men in West African nations historically associated with the trans-Atlantic slave trade. They note the very high incidence of prostate cancer among all these groups, which appears to reflect an ancestral genetic predisposition for prostate cancer. They also note that the morbidity and mortality of prostate cancer among African Americans has been falling since 1991; however, the rate of that fall is less that among Caucasian Americans.

Bahamas artist does work for prostate cancer prevention

Bahamas-based artist Thierry Lamare has donated two of his paintings in support of a fundraiser for prostate cancer and breast cancer prevention.

Physical activity and prostate cancer mortality in Puerto Rican males

The Puerto Rico Heart Health Program was a study of nearly 10,000 men in Puerto Rico aged between 35 and 79 years when the study started in 1965. The program was supervised by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (a part of the US National Institutes of Health). The men were followed until they died or until 1980, when  morbidity and mortality follow-up concluded. The study was formally ended in 2002. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer in Jamaica: a 6-year review

A recent study by Coarde and Skeete has suggested little change in the histopathology of prostate cancer diagnosed in Jamaica over the period 2002 to 2005, and that the results of this study are consistent with the lack of a national prostate cancer screening program in Jamaica.

Details of the results of this study are reported today on The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink.

Only 1 in 5 Jamaican Men Get Screened for Prostate Cancer

This according to an article in the online version of today’s Jamaica Observer, based on data from the 2007/8 Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey II released earlier this week. … READ MORE …