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More men getting tested for prostate cancer

Published:Monday | October 5, 2015 | 11:31 AM

More men

getting tested for prostate cancer

The Jamaica Cancer Society is reporting that more men are heeding the call to take Prostate Specific Antigen tests and Digital Rectal Examinations for prostate cancer.

Executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, said the response was largely due to women wanting to get the men in their lives screened.

"We are pleased with the level of response from the public on our call to action to get screened for prostate cancer. We hosted more men and women this year than in previous years, as the women were vigilant in getting the men to us to get the tests done," she said.

Gordon added: "We continue to engage the women to encourage the men in their lives to get tested. The women have been playing an integral role in engaging and

mentoring the men in this regard."

Junior Achievement programme

for school curricula

The Ministry of Education will be including two of the Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) programmes in the primary- and secondary-school curricula, to encourage entrepreneurship among the nation's youth.

This was revealed at the United States Agency for International Development/Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) Empowering Jamaica's Youth Project closing ceremony, held last week at Terra Nova Hotel, St Andrew.

The pilot for the JAJ's JA BizTown and the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurship programmes are under way at several schools. The programmes, which will be implemented over the long term by the JAJ, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, aim to make entrepreneurial instruction mandatory in primary and secondary schools.

St Elizabeth Parish Council

building upgrade continues

Upgrading work on the municipal building of the St Elizabeth Parish Council in Black River is 60 per cent complete.

Mayor of Black River and chairman of the St Elizabeth Parish Council, Everton Fisher said work on the first phase of the project is proceeding apace, and should be completed by November of this year.

He informed that windows are to be installed, floors to be tiled and furniture put in.

"The Minister (of Local Government Noel Arscott), is committed for the building to be completed by Local Government Month, which is November," the mayor said.

Fisher said the building is expected to be a "stand out" structure in the town of Black River.

Work on this phase is being done at a cost of $22 million, with money coming from the St Elizabeth Parish Council and the Ministry of Local Government. The overall estimate for the building is $50 million.