We can help - African Caribbean Communities

One in four Black men will get prostate cancer

On 17 October 2013, we launched a campaign to raise awareness of this shocking statistic. You may find more Black men coming forward to seek help and advice about prostate cancer and other prostate problems. Here we provide more information about the campaign, and how we can support you.

About the campaign

We knew that Black* men were more likely to get prostate cancer than men of other ethnicities. We’ve recently been able to utilise ONS data to calculate that the lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer in Black men is 1 in 4.  This is double the 1 in 8 lifetime risk for all men.

For more detailed information about how statistic was calculated, click here. 

*Calculations based on data from men recorded as ‘Black African’, Black Caribbean’ and Black Other‘. ‘Black mixed’ data excluded due to incomplete data records.

Supporting you, supporting men

The aim of this campaign is to ensure that Black men are made aware of their risks, their rights to accessing services and the PSA test (in line with the UK’s Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme) and are empowered to take responsibility and control of their health.  

We hope that the campaign will be successful in encouraging more men at risk of prostate cancer to seek help and advice about the disease.

If this has an impact on your practice, we provide a range of information resources and services to support you.  These include:

Frequently asked questions

We’ve provided answers to some of the questions you may receive from concerned men.

Information materials

We provide up-to-date, award-winning information, reviewed by health professionals, about all prostate problems.  For a list of our other publications, and to order, visit our publications page.

Professional development

We work with health professionals across primary and secondary care to support your learning and development, encourage best practice and improve standards of care for men with prostate cancer and other prostate problems.

Telephone and email helpline

Our UK-wide telephone and email helpline is staffed by specialist nurses dedicated to supporting anyone with concerns with prostate problems. We are accredited by The Helplines Association with The Helplines Standard.