Only 15% of Afro-Caribbean Men in UK Aware of Risks

The Prostate Cancer Charity has taken significant steps to address risks and screening for prostate cancer among Afro-Caribbean communities in the United Kingdom through its African Caribbean Awareness Project. However, according to an Ethnibus survey carried out in the UK, only 15 per cent of the Afro-Caribbean men questioned were aware of their heightened risk for prostate cancer, and 74 per cent of African-Caribbean males had no idea that the prostate was an important part of sexual function.

In a report in the UK’s Health Services Journal, Suresh Rambaran discusses a play that was specifically commissioned by the Prostate Cancer Charity to address the issue of prostate cancer risk, screening, and detection. Benjamin Zephaniah, the author of the respectful but humorous play (De Botty Business) says, “The most important thing I have learned about prostate cancer is not to remain ignorant about it. It’s about us. I want all African-Caribbean men to be aware of the higher risk they face of developing the disease and am looking forward to seeing everyone come together to support what has been a neglected and misunderstood cause.”

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