Black African and Black Caribbean Men

Every year, over 52,000 men get prostate cancer in the UK and 11,900 men die. It has been known for some time that Black African and Black Caribbean men are more likely to develop prostate cancer although the exact reasons for this are not clear.

At Orchid, we are committed to increasing understanding of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer in these communities. By raising awareness, we can help save lives.

One in four Black African and Black Caribbean men will get prostate cancer, compared to one in eight men of other ethnicities. 

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  

Letter to my Unpresented Self

This Orchid short film tells the story of Terrence who describes his prostate cancer journey. It is based on real life stories from the community. 

One in Four Black Men

This Orchid one minute video highlights the increasing rates of prostate cancer and how it affects the community. 

Changing Lives: Engaging with Black African and Black Caribbean Men at Risk of, or Affected by, Prostate Cancer

We delivered a three year project which was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. There were two objectives for the project. The first was to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst Black African and Black Caribbean men and disadvantaged communities. The second was to develop support services for those affected by the disease.

Working through partnerships with over 15 voluntary and statutory organisations, we delivered the project across the seven London boroughs of Brent, Hackney, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.

We commissioned an independent evaluation of this project which can be downloaded by pressing the button below.

Download Changing Lives Evaluation Report  


At Orchid we are committed to helping men and their families with information and support. Please contact our Orchid nurses who are specially trained to offer support and advice with your male cancer concerns.