Urology Associates, under the leadership of Dr. Dwayne Thwaites is pleased to announce the hosting of its 7th annual free Prostate screening Drive at “OCCASSIONS” on January 17, 2015.
Under our motto “Early Detection Saves Lives”, our goal is to ensure that the male populace in the country is provided with adequate information and opportunities to be able to detect abnormalities in the prostate as early as possible, thus improving their chances of being treated effectively.
Over the years, the annual Prostate screening has become an important venture in Men’s health. In 2014, we were overwhelmed with the large turnout of men within the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. 495 males participated, an increase of 127 over the number of participants for 2013 – 368. Among the 495 clients who attended, there was an abnormality rate detection of 7.67% with a cancer detection rate of less than 1%
In 2014, the predominate age group was 50 – 59 with an attendance rate of 38.13% This was followed by the 40 – 49 age group with an attendance of 30.98%. We are targeting males between the ages of 40 – 75 as prostate cancer seems to be most prevalent within this age group. However, males outside this category especially those with a family history of Prostate cancer will also be given the chance to be screened once they are present..
For 2015, we will be ably assisted by Dr. Brian Cohen, who will be joining us for the 6th time. Dr. Cohen has been practicing at Victoria Urological Associates in North Carolina since June 2008. He is a trained urologist with specialized training in Female Urology, Incontinence, Neurology, and Voiding Dysfunction.
Returning for the 3rd time will be Dr. Caruso. Dr. Caruso is a Board Certified Adult Urologist at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. He has completed sub specialty training in female urology, pelvic floor reconstruction and complex voiding dysfunction for both men and women. Jupiter Medical Center recently named Dr. Caruso as the “Physician of the Year” for 2011.
Joining the team in 2014 was Dr. Kamal S. Mars, BSc. (Hons), MBBS, DM Urology. Dr. Karmal who holds a first degree in Biochemistry and was trained in Urology at the University of the West Indies with an elective at the University of Toronto will be joining us once more.
She has been practicing since 2004 in Jamaica and has also worked in Canada at institutions such as the University Health Network including the Toronto General, Toronto Western and the Princess Margaret Hospital – one of the leading cancer centers in North America. She also did work at the Sick Kids Hospital – one of the most noted pediatric facilities in the world. Dr. Mars has a general Urology practice and is attached to the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Jamaica’s second City of Montego Bay.
Dr. Mars is a member of the Jamaica Urological Society, Jamaica Medical Doctors Association, Medical Association of Jamaica, Association of Surgeons of Jamaica and the American Urological Association. She recently presented at the Jamaica cancer Society Western Prostate Cancer symposium where she looked at issues of screening, diagnosis and treatment of Prostate Cancer.
Dr. Mars is interested in social activism and participates in charitable efforts in her community.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to you and your establishment for your kind assistance over the years.