Jamaican Government Urges Prostate Cancer Screening

An article published yesterday by the Jamaica Information Service urges regular screening for early detection of prostate cancer.

According to research data from the Jamaica Cancer Registry in the Department of Pathology at the University of the West Indies, the incidence of prostate cancer apparently now stands at 65.5 for every 100,000 of the Jamaican population.

Consultant urologist Dr. Belinda Morrison, at the University Hospital of the West Indies, says that there is a continued apprehensive or resistant attitude of many males towards being routinely checked for this disease. She further states that “though Jamaica is said to have the highest incidence of deaths in the world for prostate cancer, this has not been enough to motivate the men to come in and do the required examination.”

Sounds like it is time for Jamaican men to “get the message.” Men in other Caribbean nations increasingly seem to be able to handle this issue.

One Response

  1. It is high time Jamaican men get over this great fear of getting a rectal examination from their doctors. This level of ignorance is what is sending so many of our men with prostate cancer to an early grave.

    We (Jamaicans) are one of the most anti-homosexual/homophobic people in the world. Why not do the PSA/serology or blood testing then, since many of our Jamaican men do not want physicians going up their rear end.

    My fellow Jamaicans, wake up! You won’t be considered a homosexual or “batty man” to get tested for prostate cancer. Remember that early detection is vital. Do not wait until it is too late. Regrettably, most of them wait until it is too late.

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