Event highlights prostate cancer risk among black men in Havering

20 June 2019

Men in Havering from an African or Caribbean background are being encouraged to find out more about prostate cancer with a message that “vital knowledge can save lives”. 

Every year, more than 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK and there are 11,287 deaths from the disease. Although one in eight men will develop prostate cancer in their lives, black men are twice as likely to be affected (one in four will develop the disease). Despite this, only 14 per cent of black men are aware of their higher risk. 

Recognising the symptoms of prostate cancer and getting an early diagnosis can make a real difference so knowing the warning signs of the disease is crucial. 

To improve awareness within the local African and Caribbean communities, the male cancer charity Orchid has been commissioned by the East London Health and Care Partnership (ELHCP) to run a series of roadshows in Havering and surrounding boroughs. 

These include an event from 9am to 4pm on Friday (21 June) at the Mercury Mall in Mercury Gardens, Romford, RM1 3EE. 

The roadshow aims to highlight the signs, symptoms and risk factors to men, their families and anyone concerned about the disease. A nurse specialist will be on hand to offer free information, advice and to discuss developments in male cancer treatments. 

Rob Cornes, Orchid male cancer information nurse specialist, said: “It is crucial that black African and black Caribbean men and their families are familiar with the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer. Because men from these communities are at a heightened risk, we suggest men seek professional advice about their risk once they reach the age of 45. 

“We really hope that men in Havering will come to the roadshow and find out more.” 

Dr Kanika Rai, clinical lead for cancer in Havering, Redbridge, and Barking and Dagenham and, said: “Reducing the mortality rate for prostate cancer is a priority for the NHS so it’s vital that men from a black African or Caribbean background are aware they are at greatest risk.  

“We hope this event will help improve the understanding of male cancers in the local community and provide vital knowledge that will help save lives”. 

For more information on prostate cancer, visit the Orchid website.