Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Message from the Cancer Registry for Men's Health Awareness Month

The Cayman Islands Cancer Registry currently houses nearly 500 cancer cases diagnosed in the residents of the Cayman Islands. However, only about 30% of those cases are from male registrants.  

November is Men’s Health Awareness month and the Cancer Registry is urging male cancer survivors in Cayman to join our national cancer registry in an effort to better understand how this disease impacts our community. Men’s Health Awareness month and the Movember Foundation aim to bring awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide, as well as other health issues faced by men around the world.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, aside from skin cancer. Out of every 100 American men, 13 will develop prostate cancer at some point in their life. The risk for developing prostate cancer increases with age, and African-American men are at greater risk of developing this disease. Presently, there are no statistical data available regarding how prevalent prostate cancer is in men in the Cayman Islands.

However, the Cayman Islands Cancer Registry hopes to change that. 

According to the data currently in the cancer registry, nearly 20% of male registrants reported a diagnosis of prostate cancer, making it the most commonly reported cancer among men. After prostate cancer, the most commonly reported cancers in men were lung cancer (11%) and colon cancer (10%).  

In recognition of Men’s Health Awareness month, Cancer Registrar, Amanda Nicholson, is asking male cancer survivors to take just a few minutes and share their information.  

All information collected is kept strictly confidential. Anyone wishing to register may contact Amanda Nicholson at (345) 244-2560 or at Amanda.nicholson@hsa.ky.

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