Cancer and BME groups

Ethnicity and cultural background can affect a person's chances of developing cancer (Cancer Research UK).With particular types of cancer different ethnic groups may have higher or lower rates than others.  For example 1 in 4 Black men are likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives as opposed to 1 in 8 White men (Prostate cancer UK).  The reasons for such a difference in unknown but it may be genetic. Myeloma (bone marrow cancer) and stomach cancer more common in the Black groups. In some groups cultural practices such as chewing tobacco products can raise the rates of mouth cancer.

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 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.