Tackling Prostrate cancer in BME Groups, to combat existing inequalities
The Prostate Cancer Charity Community Involvement Manager, Ali Orhan said: "Today's launch marks a great opportunity to unite over a common pledge with other leading experts in the field of prostate cancer. Men from black and ethnic minority communities (BME) have traditionally suffered from later diagnosis and restricted access to services, including palliative care. This new coalition will improve the future of BME communities in the UK and create a force for change among Government and health care providers. It is also particularly important for us to continue to respond to the alarming evidence that men of African or African Caribbean descent are three times more likely to get prostate cancer than their white counterparts.
"For the last three years, The Prostate Cancer Charity has been pushing forward this agenda with its UK-wide African Caribbean Project and is whole-heartedly dedicated to funding this work in the long term as part of its core activity. The Prostate Cancer Equality Action Plan - tackling prostate cancer in BME groups, launched today, is a further step forward in our determination to work with other leading organisations to increase research, awareness and patient care within these communities."
NOTES TO EDITORS
For more information about The Prostate Cancer Charity's African Caribbean Project view: http://www.prostate-cancer.org.uk/what/acp.asp
Every year nearly 32,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United Kingdom and 10,000 men die from it. Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK - every hour at least one man dies from this disease.
African Caribbean men are three times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than their white counterparts.
If you have any queries about prostate cancer call The Prostate Cancer Charity's confidential helpline 0800 074 8383 which is staffed by specialist nurses and open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and Wednesdays from 7 - 9pm.
If you want to make a donation to The Prostate Cancer Charity call 0208 222 7622 or visit www.prostate-cancer.org.uk
For further information about The Prostate Cancer Charity contact: Kate Stewart Josie Gray or Nikki Nagler on 020 8222 7653/7648. Out of hours contact: 0798 432 5001.
Ali Orhan and John Neate, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity will be available for interview. Photos are available on request.
For further information about the launch of the Prostate Cancer Equality Action Plan - tackling prostate cancer in BME groups and the Prostate Cancer Charter for Action call Sara Walker on 0207 340 6207 or firstname.lastname@example.org