City Recognizes Prostate Cancer Awareness Day
On behalf of the City of Hamilton, I want to welcome you to City Hall today as we recognize Prostate Cancer Awareness Day in Bermuda.
If there is only one message that men take away from today, let it be the importance of getting regular health check-ups; early detection of prostate cancer saves lives.
This is a message which I’m sure you will hear echoed among most – if not all – of our speakers here today. Shortly, we will hear the courageous testimony from a prostate cancer survivor who will bravely share details about their journey with prostate cancer - the struggles, the victories, and the importance of hope and timely medical intervention.
We will also hear from guest urologist Dr. Michael Brooks of Dynamic Urology Services who will share the latest trends, advice, and information on prostate cancer. Sir, thank you for being here today to impart your knowledge.
I wish to commend the two organizations who have spearheaded today’s event – DailyMale Men’s Health Clinic and Prostate Awareness Bermuda. Earlier this year, the two organizations teamed up to host a series of free pop-up clinics at local, grassroots institutions. Some of you may recall that last month Dr. Jonathan Makajuola received recognition at the 2023 Caribbean Golden Awards for co-founding these clinics…and for his perseverance, resolve, and dedication to clinical excellence in urology.
As a community, we must continue to support organizations such as these which provide support to men who have or have had prostate cancer, and provide safe spaces where men can safely and confidentially discuss and raise questions on prostate related issues.
In Bermuda, 1 in 7 men are at risk for developing prostate cancer in their Lifetime. A man’s risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, but that doesn’t mean it’s a disease that only affects old men. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Men who are Black, and men who have a family history (a brother or father with prostate cancer), are 2.5x more likely to get prostate cancer.
And remember, not everyone experiences symptoms of prostate cancer. Many times, signs of prostate cancer are first detected by a doctor during a routine check-up.
So go to the doctor (if appropriate for your age and risk factors). Ask about PSA testing. Catch prostate cancer early.