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 …

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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 …

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.

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.

Jamaican Government Urges Prostate Cancer Screening

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

Site Update

As of September 22, where such data is available, specific data are provided on the site regarding the incidence (number of new cases per year), prevalence (number of men living with the disease), and mortality (number of men dying of the disease each year) for most of the islands in the Caribbean. … READ MORE …