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Men to benefit from MoBay East Rotary Club cancer screening

Published:Thursday | September 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE ROTARY Club of Montego Bay East will on September 29 host its third annual prostate cancer screening at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre (formerly Montego Bay Civic Centre).

The effort has, since 2012, screened more than 700 men, who receive the free screening courtesy of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East and local urology practitioners.

Dale Davis, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East and project coordinator, said, "The screenings are important as prostate cancer is a major concern among men in Jamaica and the Caribbean. This is the third year and we have had tremendous support from the community as well as health professionals. We want as many men as possible to do the screening, as the earlier you discover the disease, the better the chance of recovery."

Change in attitude

Noted urology consultant at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Dr Tasha Cooke, who conceptualised the programme, said screening for prostate cancer facilitates early detection and cure. "The attitude of men towards prostate cancer screening has changed over the years, with more men coming to get checked. We are happy that over the years we have helped persons who would otherwise have not gone out and done the screening. This year we hope to improve on the 400 we had last year, as we know that without screening the prognosis is not positive."

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and this effort forms part of the initiative of the Jamaica Cancer Society to increase the awareness of prostate cancer by educating and screening men across the island. The venture is supported by numerous business organisations in St James and surrounding areas.