Changing lives, engaging black African and black Caribbean men affected by prostate cancer

Project Background

“Changing lives, engaging black African and black Caribbean men at risk of or affected by prostate cancer” is a three-year project funded by the Big Lottery Fund – Reaching Communities Programme. This is a joint project with the charity Cancer Black Care, aimed at raising awareness of prostate cancer amongst black African and black Caribbean men and disadvantaged communities and developing support services for those affected by this cancer.

The Project will be delivered across the seven London boroughs of Brent, Lambeth, Newham, Hackney, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Southwark. Commencing in January 2017 and culminating in January 2020. The project is collaboration with Cancer Black Care, whose Chair, Professor Frank Chinegwundoh MBE is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust. Prof. Chinegwundoh is at the forefront of research into the possible causes of prostate cancer and the increased incidence rates amongst black men, in the UK.

Project Aims

Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK and there are 11,287 deaths from this disease annually. 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives and are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men, who have a 1 in 8 chance of getting this disease (Prostate Cancer UK). But only 14% of black men are aware of their higher risk compared to 54% among white men. By raising awareness of this disease and educating men and their loved ones about risk factors, signs and symptoms, treatment options, dealing with aftercare issues and about the information and support services available, we aim to make a real difference.

Orchid and Cancer Black Care have come together to deliver vital information to raise awareness of prostate cancer among black African and black Caribbean men and to deliver targeted support aimed at reaching this community. Our three year project aims to deliver:

  • Focused information Roadshows in these boroughs to raise awareness of this cancer amongst black African and black Caribbean men and their families
  • A series of talks and presentations in community settings
  • Free specialist information and awareness materials designed to meet the needs of the community i.e. Information Standards accredited prostate cancer leaflets and booklets for black men
  • Facilitated support groups and meetings in the seven London boroughs

The key objectives of this project are to:

  • Increase understanding about prostate cancer amongst black African and black Caribbean men and their loved ones
  • Raise awareness amongst this community about their increased risk levels, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, available treatments and aftercare.
  • Encourage men to seek early medical help or advice
  • Provide specialist information material for these men, their families and friends, carers and the wider black community.
  • Provide specialist support to men affected by the disease to ensure they feel less isolated following their diagnosis, when undergoing treatment or dealing with the consequences of this cancer
  • Equipping health care professionals to better understand the information and support needs of black African and black Caribbean men, through training and information.

If you would like more information about this project or want to help make a difference by way of volunteering or would like us to visit your community group, faith group, organisation etc to deliver an awareness talk/presentation on prostate cancer, please contact Julia De Petrillo – Prostate Cancer Project Administrator via email on

Last reviewed November 2019. Next review November 2020.

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