Editorial Staff
6 months ago

Editorial Staff
6 months ago

Lifestyle Choices and Regular Screenings Crucial in Reducing Prostate Cancer Risk

By Aabigayle McIntosh

Renowned Urologist, Dr. Dwayne “Baba” Thwaites, emphasizes the pivotal role of a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and a frequency of at least 21 ejaculations per month, in lowering the risk of prostate cancer.

Dr. Thwaites underscores the increasing awareness among men about the importance of their health, with many actively supporting the annual prostate cancer screening event organized by himself, in collaboration with the Lions Club of Antigua and a team of dedicated healthcare professionals.

This year’s event saw an impressive turnout, with between 805 and 820 men taking advantage of the annual screening opportunity, reflecting a growing commitment to proactive health management in the community.

 

We had a good turnout everything was orderly well presented and done. The doctors had a good time because everything went so smoothly. We really thank the community for coming out and supportingthe Lions and the screenings.

Thwaites stated further that the programhas been running for 15 years and has done quite a good service for the entire country.

Always remember by just being born black is a risk factor for prostate cancer most of the population is taking heed of thatwarning. The other thing is the age between the ages of 55 to 65 is when we see the highest incidents of prostate cancer within that category and the third risk factor is basically genetics which is a major party,Thwaites said.

The renowned Urologists also spoke aboutthe relationship between Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer.

He explained that a male with a niece or another female relative with breast cancer BRCA 2 gene is also a risk factor that the male in that family will have an increasedrisk of breast cancer.

Before time we would say with BRCA 2gene you do have an increased risk of bilateral breast cancer but we also know if you have a BRACA 2 gene in your family beit a female or even the male, the comparison to a male prostate cancer withBRCA2 gene, he said.

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