Dr Belinda Morrison: Improving men’s health care
A sort of knowing smile accompanies Dr Belinda Morrison’s revelation that she has a particular interest in Andrology — the study of male sexual dysfunction. “I don’t know why,” says the young lady who some friends and patients refer to as ‘Doctor B’.
Seriously, though, she does know. “I’m particularly interested in that because of sickle cell disease in Jamaica,” she tells All Woman. “A lot of people don’t realise that it’s very, very common in Jamaica. The disorder is seen in one in every 300 births in Jamaica and one in every 150 births has the full blown disease.”
JCS Urges Men to be Proactive
As Jamaica observes Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) is urging men, particularly those over the age of 40 years, to be proactive and do the necessary screening for the disease.
In an interview with JIS News, Consultant Urologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies and Lecturer and Head of Urology at the University of the West Indies, Dr. Belinda Morrison, explained that by the time most of her patients come to her, they already are at an advanced stage with prostate cancer.
Men Urged to Screen Early for Prostate Cancer
Although it has been tried, tested and proven overtime, that early detection of prostate cancer can save lives, this disease continues to claim the lives of numerous Jamaican men each year.
The March 2008 edition of the West Indian Medical Journal, shows that between 1998 and 2002, there were 873 recorded cases of prostate cancer.
Consultant urologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Dr. Belinda Morrison, attributes this grave reality to the continued apprehensive or resistant attitude of many males towards being routinely checked for this disease.
Prostate Cancer Screening in Jamaica: Results of the Largest National Screening Clinic.
J Cancer Epidemiol. 2016;2016:2606805. doi: 10.1155/2016/2606805. Epub 2016 Feb 29.
Prostate Cancer Knowledge, Prevention, and Screening Behaviors in Jamaican Men.
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[Epub ahead of print]
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A delayed foreskin-sparing approach to the management of penile fractures in uncircumcised Jamaican men.
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Risk Factors and Prevalence of Penile Cancer.
West Indian Med J. 2014 Jul 3;63(6):559-60. doi: 10.7727/wimj.2015.381. No abstract available.
Overactive bladder in adults with sickle cell disease.
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Ischaemic Priapism and Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency: A Mechanism of Increased Oxidative Stress?
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Epub 2014 Aug 21.
Molecular pathophysiology of priapism: emerging targets.
Curr Drug Targets. 2015;16(5):474-83. Review.
Is testosterone deficiency a possible risk factor for priapism associated with sickle-cell disease?
Int Urol Nephrol. 2015 Jan;47(1):47-52. doi: 10.1007/s11255-014-0864-1.
Epub 2014 Nov 5.
Current state of prostate cancer treatment in Jamaica.
Ecancermedicalscience. 2014 Aug 28;8:456. doi: 10.3332/ecancer.2014.456. eCollection 2014. Review.
Testosterone replacement therapy does not promote priapism in hypogonadal men with sickle cell disease: 12-month safety report.
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Pathological outcome and biochemical recurrence-free survival after radical prostatectomy in African-American, Afro-Caribbean (Jamaican) and Caucasian-American men: an international comparison.
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Stuttering priapism: insights into pathogenesis and management.
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Penile cancer in Jamaicans managed at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
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Body mass index and prostate specific antigen levels in Jamaican men.
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Bone mineral density in Jamaican men on androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer.
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Impact of the National Health Fund policy on hormone treatment for prostate cancer in Jamaica.
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Female urinary retention at the University Hospital of the West Indies challenging diagnosis.
West Indian Med J. 2011 Jan;60(1):102. No abstract available.
Radical prostatectomy outcomes at the University Hospital of the West Indies: 2000-2007.
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Priapism in hematological and coagulative disorders: an update.
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