Prostate Cancer Campaign

Let’s Talk About Prostate Cancer – Watch the Video

 

To mark World Cancer Day (Friday 4 February 2022) Wessex Cancer Alliance, Dorset Race Equality Council and Wessex Voices hosted a conversation on prostate cancer in our online event Let’s Talk About Prostate Cancer.

Prostate cancer affects 1 in 4 men from Black African, Caribbean, and Black British communities – which is twice as many as the 1 in 8 men it affects from other communities. Black men are also at risk from a younger age than other men.

Watch the video here to see our presenters discuss the signs and symptoms, the PSA test and their personal experiences of prostate cancer.

Check your risk

It’s the most common cancer in men, but most men with early prostate cancer don’t have symptoms.

Prostate cancer is not always life-threatening. But when it is, the earlier you catch it the more likely it is to be cured.

Click on the picture below and answer three quick questions about your risk.

Raising awareness of prostate cancer with and for Black men

 

Why is it important? Simply put, Black men are at greater risk of prostate cancer, and from a younger age, than other men.

Prostate cancer affects 1 in 4 men from Black African, Caribbean and Black British communities. A far higher rate than the 1 in 8 men it affects from other communities. In addition to this startling statistic, Black men are also at risk from the age of 45 rather than 50 years old, as in other men.

If they have symptoms, Black men are less likely to act on them and visit their doctor. This means that if it is cancer, it can be harder to treat.

Watch this video by film director Sir Steve McQueen, then click on the link below the video to listen to a podcast about prostate cancer. Topics include the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, and the potential barriers to men accessing a PSA test. The podcast features Duke Harrison-Hunter, a Black man living in Portsmouth, who is supporting the prostate cancer campaign, raising awareness with and for Black men.

Watch Chris’s story

Watch Duke’s story

Watch Hugh’s story

Wessex Cancer Alliance, with support from Dorset Race Equality Council and Wessex Voices, are listening to and working with Black men, their partners and other organisations in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to understand how aware men are of this heightened risk.

Together, we are also exploring the barriers men face which can prevent them seeking help.

From our conversations, we know we need to consider and address:

  • GP awareness about health issues for the Black community generally, and specifically heightened prostate cancer risk
  • Black men’s general awareness of their health and access to health services
  • Black men’s and community awareness of their higher risk of prostate cancer
  • Men’s lack of awareness of the current tests for prostate cancer
  • Stigma around prostate cancer and the possibility of having a rectal examination

If you are interested in the discussions we have had so far, and the action plan developed as a result please check out the documents on this page.

We meet regularly and are building up to the launch of a publicity campaign during Black History Month in October and Movember (men’s health campaign) in November.

Funding for your project ideas

There is funding available for individual or groups to carry out activities in relation to the project. This can be up to £500 depending on the size of the initiative. It can be for any idea that meets the following simple criteria:

  • It must be about raising awareness of prostate cancer with and for Black men, their partners and allies
  • Be in Dorset, Hampshire and /or the Isle of Wight (including Southampton and Portsmouth)
  • Tackle a priority identified by the project (as above)
  • Be part of or linked to the project (in applying for the money we can make this happen)

There is a very simple application form that needs to be completed to apply. Click on the link below to download the form.

If you are interested in the project and would like to join, please get in touch with Nathalie Sherring at nathalie.sherring@dorsetrec.org.uk

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