LIFE-SAVING NEWS: Jamaica's health ministry has pledged some 25 million dollars to advance prostate cancer research and develop a study over the course of the next five years. Health minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson made the announcement as he addressed the 35th Annual General Meeting of the Jamaica Medical Foundation at the Knutsford Court Hotel recently. "For us, in Jamaica, there is no culture of research," Ferguson said. "It is always important for anything you do to be evidence-based, and it is to that extent that research becomes so very important in how we go forward." The minister pointed out, too, that the study is expected to go a far way in advancing treatment and preventative measures in Jamaica and, hopefully, the wider Caribbean. At present, Jamaica has one of the highest rates of prostate cancer diagnoses in the world, with over 150 men diagnosed each year.