Urologist Dr Dwayne “Baba” Thwaites revealed that there is an increasing number of men presenting with prostate cancer locally in 2019 and suggested that the environment is a primary factor.
“More so this year than anything, we’re seeing low PSAs [Prostate-specific antigen] with abnormal rectal exams. And these guys have prostate cancer,” explained Dr. Thwaites.
“The environment seems to be a big, big deal in the whole issue.” he added.
According to Thwaites, there was a record turnout of men, aged 40 and over, to this year’s annual prostate screening.
In August, 976 men were screened for prostate and other health checks provided by the Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) and other medical partners.
Research has shown that black men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer worldwide and are more likely to develop disease earlier in life when compared to other racial and ethnic groups.