Region Three teachers given lesson on prostate cancer

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DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Male educators from Region Three were part of a one-day health seminar focusing on prostate cancer, hypertension and diabetes.

This session was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health’ Men’s Health Unit and the region’s Department of Education and is part of International Men’s Health Week which this year is observed from June 11 to 17.

Coordinator of the Men’s Health Unit, Dr. Dennis Bassier shared statistics on the prevalence of prostate cancer in Guyana with the total number from January 2000 to December 2008 being 749, of which 556 proved terminal.

“About 15 percent of men with a PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) below a range of four will have prostate cancer and biopsy. The level is borderline with a range between four and ten and if the level is more than ten, your chance of having prostate cancer is over 50 per cent,” Dr. Bassier said.

The teachers and education officials were also able to access free health check ups on location at the end of the seminar.

By: Delicia Haynes.

Images: Jameel Mohammed.