Prostate cancer concerns

Officials at Cancer Support Services have reported an increase in men being screened for prostate cancer, but they say the numbers are still too low.

Barbados is said to have one of the highest rates of prostate cancer worldwide, and resident nurse at the charity, Mutual Archer, told Barbados TODAY there were 100 deaths from the disease in 2016 compared to 50 from breast cancer.

Speaking on the sidelines of a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) screening this morning, Archer also called for more education programmes on the subject.

“There are little programmes in exception to cancer support services who really are pushing men to get screened for prostate cancer.

“Sixteen years ago, the Cancer Support Services acknowledged that men have to be more active in their medical treatment … but I mean the number is ridiculous,” he said.

Mutual Archer

Archer appealed to men over the age of 35 to take charge of their health and get tested, rather than leaving the responsibility to their partners.

“Normally men would not come anywhere at that age because they think they are healthy and nothing will happen to them. That is their downfall,” he said.

One of the men at today’s PSA screening.

President of the charity, Kathy-Ann Kelly-Springer revealed that at least 100 men turned up for today’s screening.

“We want to see our men live longer,” Kelly-Springer said.

She added that while there has been a higher number of women than men seeking the services of the charity, that trend is changing.

“Recently, late quarter 2016, we realised that we have an increase of men coming forward. I guess sometimes because of the perception – ego and macho – sometimes the men don’t want to come forward,” she said.

2 Responses to Prostate cancer concerns

  1. Sheron Inniss January 15, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I would like to hear some more about prevention through other methods.I will not bother to share any as Bajans seem to think doctors and nurses are ‘gods and goddesses’. Sorry for those who do not understand that neither the doctor or state is responsible for their health. It is all up to them. They need to understand that mind, body and spirit(triune) go together for a long and healthy life. Sometimes that does not work but what is wrong with doing the best to make life sweet.

  2. Haresh Thani January 16, 2017 at 7:04 am

    How many cases are detected per year vs how many tests are done


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