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  • Companies are being urged to make screening for prostate cancer among male employees a calendar activity, and to schedule the exercise during September, observed as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by the Jamaica Cancer Society.
  • The call has come from Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, who was addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on August 26.
  • Mrs. Gordon said with projections that one in every six men in Jamaica will get prostate cancer, and the country now listed as having one of the highest levels of prostate cancer in the world.

Companies are being urged to make screening for prostate cancer among male employees a calendar activity, and to schedule the exercise during September, observed as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by the Jamaica Cancer Society.

The call has come from Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, who was addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on August 26.

Mrs. Gordon  said with projections that one in every six men in Jamaica will get prostate cancer, and the country now listed as having one of the highest levels of prostate cancer in the world, it is important that the issue  be addressed with clinical urgency.

She noted that a systematic approach, such as screening at the workplace, will go a far way in identifying and addressing incidents of unknown and undetected cases of prostate cancer among the target group, which are  men between  40  and 70 years of age.

“We tell them (companies) to put us on their calendar of activities, whether it’s their annual general meeting or staff meeting and to just talk to persons about the different types of cancer. The Jamaica Cancer Society has a mobile clinic as well, so they don’t have to come to us; we will come to them and screen them and we take public health education to them as well,” she said.

Mrs. Gordon appealed to companies to consider underwriting the cost of screenings or for a specified number. Employees who are beneficiaries of a health programme could have the larger portion of their screening underwritten and they pay only the minor cost. Employees who have no health provider protection could also benefit from this programme.

“It’s only $2,000 per person for the screening and this involves not only the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA), but also a meeting with the Urologist for that one–on-one private session. So, you’re getting value for that $2,000,”  she said.

Mrs. Gordon informed that once you get registered, you will be given a blood test form to go to the lab,  with the result provided in three days. “We do schedule screening days with organizations, so  their workers don’t have to leave their workplace to get the test done,” she noted.

She is encouraging corporate entities to contact the Jamaica Cancer Society at 16 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston 5, Telephone 927- 4265.   Facsimiles can be sent to 978-1918 and e-mails sent to jacancer@cwjamaica.com