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Cancer Society sees marked increase in prostate cancer screening

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2016 | 9:54 AM

The Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) is reporting a marked increase in the number of men it screened for prostate cancer last year compared to the previous year.

The JCS says the number of men screened for prostate cancer moved from 1,207 in 2014 to 1,946 in 2015.

That represents a 61 per cent increase.

Meanwhile, the JCS says it screened 9,790 women for cervical cancer, representing a 14 per cent increase.

It says of that number, eight per cent were doing a pap smear for the first time, while 58 per cent were repeat patients.

The JCS is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation which was established in 1955 with a mandate to eliminate cancer as a major health problem in Jamaica.