Editorial for 25 April: Prostate tests ever important

Hardly anyone would argue that Caribbean men have a sense of
machismo about their virility.

It’s no wonder that when pushed, they don’t want to undergo
prostate testing.

But they need to.

More often than not, the men agree to go after the constant
nagging of their wives, children or girlfriends or if they start experiencing
colon cancer symptoms.

This country has lost many good men to prostate cancer.

One in particular was Delano Hislop who left his myriad
friends and family in 2011.

Those of us who knew and loved him saw his struggle with
colon cancer.

This year in June will see the second Prostate and Colon
Cancer Event, also known as the Delano Hislop Memorial Three Day Journey for
Life Run/Walk.

We encourage you to attend, if you can.

Because of Delano, many men in the Cayman Islands have
undergone prostate screenings.

Is it unpleasant? Yes. Will it help save the lives of men in
our country? Definitely.

One of the champions of getting men to have prostate
screenings is Roy Bodden, president of the University College of the Cayman
Islands.

Mr. Bodden is to be credited for taking something extremely
personal, putting it out there and encouraging all men to have their prostate
tested.

He has been proactive in monitoring his health and getting
annual medical checkups.

For that reason, he is still with us today and can be
considered a blessing to us all.

We implore men – and women – to undergo prostate
examinations, especially if you are older than 40 and even more especially if
you are presenting with symptoms.

Mr. Bodden has especially urged men not to wait and see.

In his words, “If you have cancer, there’s no time to wait
and see.”

His words ring true.

Thank you, Mr. Bodden, for stepping out of your own comfort
zone to encourage men to undergo this life saving test.

 

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