Prostate Cancer Awareness Roadshow for African and Caribbean men coming to Hackney and Brixton in May 2017

Published: 15th May 2017

Orchid and Cancer Black Care will be bringing their Prostate Cancer Awareness Roadshow for African and Caribbean men to Ridley Road Market, Hackney E8 2NP on May 22nd 2017, 9.am – 4pm and Brixton Station Road Market, Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PD  on the 26th May 2017, 9 am – 4 pm. The Roadshows aim is to raise awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors amongst men, their families and anyone concerned about the disease. In addition an Orchid Male Cancer Information Nurse Specialist will be giving a talk on prostate cancer to the Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation, 39 Leswin Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 7NX on 23rd May 2017, 2 pm-3.30 pm.

The Roadshow is part of a new three-year project, called Changing Lives – engaging black African and Caribbean men at risk of or affected by prostate cancer” which is funded by the Big Lottery. ‘Changing Lives’ will see new support services and outreach work for black African and Caribbean men affected by or at risk of prostate cancer and will specifically focus on six boroughs of London: Brent, Lewisham, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham. Prostate Cancer Awareness Roadshows provide the latest information from a Male Cancer Information Nurse Specialist, who will be on hand to offer free information and advice on how the signs of male cancers, and to discuss the latest news and developments in male cancer treatments.

The project has been developed in collaboration with the charity Cancer Black Care. Professor Frank Chinegwundoh MBE is Chairman of Cancer Black Care and a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust. He is at the forefront of research in the UK into the possible causes of the increased incidence of prostate cancer in black men.

For further details on any of the above events please email Okey.Arinze@orchid-cancer.org.uk

Okey Arinze, Prostate Cancer Project Lead comments:

“While prostate cancer affects 1 in 8 men in the UK, it will affect 1 in 4 black African and Caribbean men. It is also more likely to affect younger men from this community often from the age of 45 onwards. Recognising the warning signs and symptoms and getting an early diagnosis can make a real difference. 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”.

 Rob Cornes, Orchid Male Cancer Information Nurse Specialist says:

“It is crucial that black African and Caribbean men and their families are familiar with the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer. Because men from this community are at a heightened risk, we advise men to seek professional advice about their risk once they hit 45. We really hope that men in Lewisham will take the opportunity to come to the Roadshow and find out more”.

Prostate Awareness Posters can be downloaded here and here.