When cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, treatment options and chances of a full recovery are greater. Ethnicity and cultural background can affect a person’s chances of developing cancer. In our work on cancer we raise awareness of symptoms of cancer; we tackle negative attitudes and barriers to people taking up national screening programmes or particular tests and we support volunteers who are Black or from another minority group to make their communities more aware of the prevalence of conditions such as cancer in their communities. For example, people from the black ethnic group have higher rates of myeloma and stomach cancer, and males from the black ethnic group have higher rates of prostate cancer. Liver cancer is higher amongst people from the Asian ethnic group compared with the white ethnic group, as are mouth cancer in females and cervical cancer in the over 65s (Cancer Research UK).
Prostate cancer makes up over 40% of Black men’s cancer, compared with around 15% of Chinese men, and 25% of all men (NCIN, 2015). We deliver prostate cancer awareness sessions in a range of community settings including community centres, leisure centres, in local churches/mosques and in workplaces. With the assistance of Prostate Cancer UK we have Black men who are trained as volunteers, with the ability to speak a range of languages, to assist us with this work. Contact us for further information.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer support can be provided by the following organisations:
We offer awareness sessions on prostate cancer in community settings and are currently working with Prostate Cancer UK to provide training specifically for Black men to help us to deliver this work across different communities.
We host the Greater Manchester BME Cancer Partnership which is working with other BME organisations to improve the involvement and engagement of BME cancer patients by national cancer charities.