Early detection of prostate cancer the key
THE EDITOR, Sir:
For many males worldwide, the words 'prostate cancer' drive an abundance of fear into their hearts and minds that only a man can understand. However, the sad reality is that as a man grows older, this increases his chances of developing prostate problems.
According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, more than 1.1 million cases of prostate cancer were recorded in 2012. The same source added that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide.
Black men, for some reason, tend to have a very high rate of prostate cancer, along with a higher death rate. The medical fraternity tells us that Jamaica has a very high rate and aggressive form of prostate cancer among the male population.
Like many other illnesses, early detection is critical to one's survival. The cost for treatment can be quite daunting, especially for the average male without health insurance.
This fact was recently highlighted by a male reader to one of our local newspapers. He stated that after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, the cost for radiotherapy was $2 million. This is most outrageous. To add more stress to the patient with such astronomical costs is very disturbing.
The time has come for us to work on developing more affordable treatments. It cannot be that we allow people to wither away and die because of their inability to afford and access health care.