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Our work in the Black community

Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than men of other ethnicities.
1 in 4 Black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. We don’t fully understand why Black men have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer and we are investing in research to try and find more answers.

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We need your help to ensure that Black men in your community are aware of their risks, know their rights to accessing services and are empowered to take responsibility and control of their health You can play a massive role in changing the future of Black men’s health.

Last year we launched Partnering for Progress and identified three key priorities

Research into prostate cancer in Black men

It’s through research we know that 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. We don’t know why this is and it’s vital that we know more.

So we invest in research and one of our priorities is to better understand the risk factors for prostate cancer, including ethnicity. We also carry out specific research to understand how prostate cancer impacts on the mental and physical wellbeing of Black men affected by the disease, and how you access services so that we can ensure you receive the care you need.

Become a Research Champion

Research Champions are people who are enthusiastic about the benefits and hope that research can bring, and will go out into their local communities to spread the word! We’d like Research Champions to help us raise awareness about prostate cancer, talk to men about what research is, what it can do, and how they can get involved. If appropriate, it might also help if Research Champions are prepared to share their own experience of prostate cancer and/or their experience of getting involved in research.

Ultimately we need more people to learn about the importance of research and to speak to others in their community about the importance of participating in research. We hope this could be you, so please click here if you’re interested in finding out more.

Help us raise awareness of prostate cancer in your community

We work with ambassadors and community stakeholders to raise awareness of prostate cancer in Black men and lift the issue higher on the nation's health agenda. With your help we can keep raising the profile of prostate cancer even higher.

Last year we launched media campaigns specifically targeting the community, to inform Black men about prostate cancer and their rights to accessing services. We want to empower them to take control of their health.

We have partnered with several community organisation and individuals to deliver prostate cancer events in their community. Now we need support from the community to continue this story and tell more Black men about prostate cancer, their risk, their rights and where they can go to for support.

If you’re interested in raising awareness and volunteering for Prostate Cancer UK, please click here.

If you're interested in booking a talk from a Prostate Cancer UK volunteer, click here

About partnering for progress

Partnering for progress was launched last year at a summit we delivered in partnership with four Black community organisations (100 Black Men of London, African Health Policy Network, Association for Prostate Awareness and the Friends of The Caribbean). Through disucssion with community representatives, we identified the three key priorities for addressing prostate cancer in Black men and are now working with three stakeholder Action Groups to deliver these.

If you are interested in hearing more about this work, future opportunities and how you can get involved, please contact Cordwell Thomas at africancaribbean@prostatecanceruk.org