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Rotary Club of MoBay East to stage prostate screening day

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Karrie Williams, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The Rotary Club of Montego Bay East Chapter, in association with the National Health Fund and Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), will be staging its annual prostate cancer screening day at the Montego Bay Civic Centre on Monday, September 29.

The all-day event will begin at 9 a.m. and targets men, mainly over the age of 40, from across the Second City and neighbouring parishes. Leading urologists Dr Kamal S. Mars and Dr Tasha Cooke, who are both based at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James, will conduct the screenings.

With research showing that prostate cancer is now the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among adult males in Jamaica, Dr Mars is imploring men to undergo this free screening as early diagnosis offers the best treatment options.

community development

"Prostate cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths in men worldwide and men who are of African descent have a higher risk of getting it. In addition, when they do get prostate cancer and you make comparisons to people of other races who also have the disease, men who are of African descent tend to do poorly," the senior urologist said.

In addition to fostering awareness about prostate cancer, the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East is also integrally involved in several other community development initiatives within the Second City. Earlier this year, the communities of Flankers and Cambridge benefited from a four-day dental health expo at which more than 200 dentists from overseas provided dental care for residents.

The Rotary Club of Monday Bay East falls under Rotary District 7020, which is headed by Dr Paul Brown who is also district governor. The Caribbean islands of Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Cayman Islands, St Martin, and St Thomas of the US Virgin Islands are all part of this district. The district will be hosting its annual conference from May 12-14, 2015, at the Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay, where Rotarians from the region are expected to be in attendance.

The club meets weekly at the Sunset Beach Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, every Thursday, at 7 p.m.