Monday, 21 October 2013

A shocking statistic for men


To paraphrase Orwell ‘All men are created equal, but some are more equal than others’. This statement rings true no more so than with prostate cancer and men in the UK.

We’ve known for a long time that prostate cancer is more likely to strike black* men than those of other ethnicities, but the figure that our Evidence team at Prostate Cancer UK recently unearthed is truly staggering. 1 in 4 black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. That’s double the overall figure of 1 in 8 for all men in the UK. Double.

You almost certainly saw the coverage we got in the media when we launched our campaign to highlight this issue, with coverage in the Daily Mail, The Times and The afro news. Although this is a great start, as an organisation we’ve never been about just shouting at the ether. We’re going to tackle this problem ourselves.

Following this awareness campaign, we’re launching an ambitious programme of research, and community engagement within the black community to specifically address this bias towards black men. We’re going to 

Increase our knowledge 
We want to further our understanding of prostate cancer within the black community through better research and data collection. 

Raise understanding and empower more men 
Increase community understanding and empower men in the black community to take control of their health. 

Strengthen our bonds 
Build on our links and communication with leaders within the black community to strengthen our partnerships.

Working together we can help highlight this inequality, work towards a solution and raise the profile of prostate cancer across the UK. All men deserve better.

* When we say black men, we mean men who describe themselves as Black African, Black Caribbean or Black other. This doesn’t include men who describe themselves as Black mixed – we don’t have enough data on this group.

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