Data on Prostate Cancer in Guyana

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According to a report in the Stabroek News online, a presentation by Layne et al. at the African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium meeting in Jamaica in May 2007 indicated that 65 percent of all prostate cancers in Guyana occurred in men of African ethnicity, and that prostate cancer was the most common form of cancer among males.

The GLOBOCAN 2002 database (compiled by Ferlay et al. for the International Agency for Research on Cancer) provides the following data for prostate cancer in Guyana:

  • Estimated number of new cases per year: 116
  • Estimated age-standardized rate of new cases per year: 51.0/100,000
  • Estimated number of deaths per year: 54
  • Estimated age-standardized number of deaths per year: 23.3/100,000
  • Estimated 1-year prevalence: 91
  • Estimated 5-year prevalence: 277

According to Health in the Americas, 2007 (issued by the Pan American Health Organization or PAHO), between 2001 and 2005 there were 326 cases of prostate cancer in Guyana, representing 34.6 percent of the cancers in males.

Health in the Americas, 2002 says that in the years 1997 to 1999, cancer of the prostate was the leading cause of cancer-specific deaths among men, accounting for 11 percent of all male cancer deaths.

The WHO Impact of Cancer in Your Country data tables provide the following data for prostate cancer in Guyana:

  • Estimated age-standardized incidence (in 2002): 49/100,000
  • Estimated age-standardized death rate (in 2005): 35/100,000

If you know of additional sources of specific or current information about the incidence, prevalence and mortality of prostate cancer in Guyana, we would be interested in learning about them. Please post such information in the comment box below.

Content on this page last reviewed and updated November 13, 2008

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