Aiken, William D.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Trends in Prostate Pathology at the University Hospital of the West Indies Jamaica over the last 10 years
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Comments on letter to the Editor
This letter posits that the increase in the incidence of prostate cancer diagnosed at the UHWI after 1997 is partly related to an increase in awareness and has very little to do with the availability of a biopsy gun and PSA testing. Other factors contributing to the increase in the incidence of prostate cancer at the UHWI includes: contractual arrangements between the Jamaica Cancer Society and (JCS), which runs a prostate cancer screening clinic whereby patients in need of a prostate biopsy are sent to the UHWI; an increase in the consultant urological staff at the UHWI; economic factors have also caused a number of patients being referred for public urological care at the UHWI to increase dramatically. Any discussion of prostate cancer must also take into account the effect of the ageing male population as prostate cancer is a disease of advancing age.....