The Black Health Agency (BHA) held a conference called Time2Reason at Central library on Thursday 26 March raising awareness about prostate cancer.
The project, commissioned by Prostate Cancer UK and delivered over a six month period from July 2014 to December 2014, presented the opportunity to engage primarily with Black African and Black Caribbean men to raise awareness about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of prostate cancer, as well as the tests available.
A good mixture of both men and women attended the event that revealed alarming statistics and made prostate cancer understandable through frank discussion and comedy.
Organiser of the event Marcella Turner said, “1 in 4 Black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives, compared to 1 in 8 white men. That is an alarming statistic and one that is to be taken seriously and acted upon. However, it is one of the cancers that if diagnosed early, can be treated and the man affected can go on to live a long and fulfilling life.
“As someone who has been personally affected by prostate cancer, I am very proud to have been involved with Time2Reason. It is initiatives like this that require sustained and substantial funding and support from Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and national Cancer organisations.
“Black men, it is Time2Reason; time to start talking to each other about prostate cancer; share knowledge, information and experiences. You never know, you could be saving the life of your grandfather, father, uncle, son, nephew, cousin or even your own.”
For more information about the BHA and your health concerns, visit thebha.org.uk
TNT Health Siobhan White