Doctors will present an educational session Thursday night, 29 November, as the annual Prostate Cancer/Male Cancers Awareness Month draws to a close.
At the session, which will be held at 7pm at the Lions Centre, Dr. Anne Marie Lennon, assistant professor of medicine and director of the Pancreatic Cyst Clinic at Johns Hopkins Medicine, will discuss colorectal cancer issues, while Dr. Darley Solomon, practising general surgeon at Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital and also president and CEO of Grenada Medical Complex Mississippi, will cover prostate and testicular cancers.
Both doctors will discuss the risk factors, screening methods, prevention, signs and symptoms and the treatment of these cancers.
The Cayman Islands Cancer Society, in conjunction with the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, MOvember Committee and Johns Hopkins Medicine, organised the awareness session on male cancers.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in males and females and the second highest cause of cancer death in developed countries. It is preventable and there are well established screening techniques for people at average and high risks.
Prostate cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in the world, with the Caribbean having the highest age standardised prostate cancer-specific death rates. This disease presents at a much younger age and in a more aggressive form in Caribbean men. One in six men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. Although this disease is most commonly diagnosed in men over the age of 65, it can affect men at any age.
At the Lions Centre meeting Thursday, local cancer survivor Marlene Smith will share her story of her battle with the disease.
Cayman Health Lab, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, Health Services Authority, Med Lab Inc., and Seven Mile Medical Clinic have partnered with the Cancer Society and will draw blood for PSA screening on site or individuals who qualify can collect vouchers to get the test done at a later date. There will be prizes and surprises and refreshment will be served.
For more information on prostate, testicular or other cancers, call the Cancer Society on 949-7618 or e-mail [email protected]
One in six men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.