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Males Asked to Get Tested Early for Prostate Cancer

Urologist, Dr Paul Rouse and Associate Professor of the University of Western Kentucky in the United States, Dr Michelle Reece have both stressed the importance of getting tested at an early age for prostate cancer.

The two experts made the suggestion during a seminar at the Community Development Department’s St Mark’s Resource Centre at Blades’s Hill in St Philip.

The topic, “Breaking the Taboo on Prostate Examination and Advantages of Early Testing” was hosted by the Community Development Department in collaboration with the St Mark’s Old Scholars Association and Full Gospel Business Men International.

Doctors Rouse and Reece strongly advised Barbadian men aged between 40 to 45 years old to get tested for prostate cancer and to ensure that checks are done annually after the initial test. During the presentation they gave an overview of prostate cancer, its treatments and the possible effects of these treatments. Prostate cancer has been affecting several Barbadian men over the years.

Cancer survivor Jerome Davis, shared his experience with the predominantly male audience. He recounted his experience of how he discovered that he had prostate cancer, the treatment and how it affected him.

The health forum was held in keeping with one of the core functions of Community Development Department, which is to build the capacity of the community and the nation, to deal with social problems which may have a negative effect on the community. 65 persons, including men and women, attended the education and awareness seminar on prostate health on Saturday January 6th, 2024 at the St. Philip Resource Centre.