In May 2013, Fitz Lawson, a youth support worker from Milton Keynes, had a huge shock when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 54. Having lost his father to the disease and with two grown up sons, Fitz understands the importance of research in helping to find out why Black men are more at risk of prostate cancer. He explains what he’s doing to get more Black men involved in research to stop the disease ‘wreaking havoc’ in the community.

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When it comes to cancer, there’s always a story in the newspaper. One week coffee causes cancer, the next week it prevents it. Unsurprisingly prostate cancer has not escaped. Stories about what makes you more likely to get prostate cancer are everywhere. And misunderstandings about the disease are common. Our Specialist Nurse, John Robertson lays the facts on the line.

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One in four Black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives - double the one in eight risk faced by all men in the UK. What’s more, Black men are also more likely to develop the disease earlier than men of the same age from other ethnic backgrounds. October is Black History Month so it's a good time for us to remind you of the four facts every Black man should know about prostate cancer.

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