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Nottingham City launches first BME prostate cancer project

NOTTINGHAM CITY has launched its first Black and minority ethnic (BMe) prostate cancer project.

Driven by BME community organisations, the City will launch its first BME community-led prostate cancer awareness project targeting men within Black, African and Black Caribbean communities.

This has been supported by community health professionals and funded by NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The project titled Check Tings Out will formally launch on Saturday (May 22) at the ACNA Centre, with attendance from BBC journalist Carol Hinds and more than 60 healthcare and community stakeholder groups.

Research has shown that prostate cancer is three times more likely in black men and nationally prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, accounting for 26 per cent of all male cancer diagnoses in the UK. Nottingham is a diverse city, with approximately 35 per cent of the population compromising of BMEc groups.

The project has been developed in response to the 2014 follow up Hear Me Now' report written by Nottingham-trained radiographer Rose Thompson. The report looked into the reality of prostate cancer in black African and Caribbean men and revealed that black men in England are twice as likely to develop cancer compared to white Caucasian men and are twice more likely to die from it. Hear Me Now is now a national campaign influencing positive action nationwide.

As a result of the findings from the report, Nottingham City CCG has worked in collaboration with BME communities and NHS Nottingham University Hospitals Trust to deliver the project in partnership with the community.

The project will be carried out as drop-in sessions in a non-clinical setting for people to feel more comfortable. The sessions will be held at the ACNA community centre on the first Monday and third Wednesday of every month, commencing on June 6, 2016. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of increased risk amongst black men, encourage visits to their doctor and increase their knowledge of the Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment test.

Kirsty Malilieu from Nottingham City CCG said: “We really want to make a difference and tackle the alarming rates of prostate cancer in black males. This will be a step in the right direction to understand the full impact of cancer in this population. I’m very excited to launch this project in the community in a place where people feel the most comfortable to help break down those barriers to access treatment. The ‘Hear me now’ report highlighted that black men are less likely to proactively ask health professionals for advice. We really hope this project will start to put males in this community at ease in talking to a nurse or doctor to seek the advice they need.”

Rose Thompson, director of BME Cancer Communities added: “Anecdotally black men’s prostate cancer death rates appear to be increasing in some areas of the UK, particularly where both community members and health professionals lack awareness about their increased prostate cancer risk. The community based clinic aims to provide an accessible service to these men who are concerned about their prostate gland health and to other men from the wider local community. Personally I would like to see as many men as possible access the service at the ACNA centre.”

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