‘Changing Lives, Engaging Black African and Black Caribbean Men at Risk of, or Affected by Prostate Cancer’ was a recent key initiative for Orchid. Every year, over 52,000 men get prostate cancer in the UK and 11,500 men die from the disease.
Sadly, one in four Black African and Black Caribbean men will get prostate cancer compared to one in eight men of other ethnicities (Prostate Cancer UK). However, only 14% of Black African and Black Caribbean men are aware of their higher risk, compared to a risk awareness of 54% among white men.
At Orchid, we are committed to raising awareness of prostate cancer by:
- Communicating risk factors, signs and symptoms
- Explaining treatment options
- Offering support with aftercare
The project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund: Reaching Communities Programme. Its aim was to raise awareness of prostate cancer among Black African and Black Caribbean men. We also wanted to develop support services.
It was successfully delivered across the seven London boroughs of Brent, Hackney, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.