This July is Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month.
We’re calling on nurses to raise awareness of Macmillan’s information and support available to people from minority ethnic communities.
As outlined in this Rich Picture report for health professionals, awareness of cancer and uptake of some cancer services is lower among ethnic minorities. Added to this, some ethnic minorities tend to be diagnosed at a later stage when the disease is often more advanced, which can lead to poorer outcomes.
Certain cancers are also more common among particular communities and groups:
- African-Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer compared to white men.
- Mouth cancer is more common among South Asian communities.
- Liver cancer is higher among Bangladeshi and Chinese communities.
Language can often be a barrier for minority ethnic communities when it comes to getting key cancer information or speaking out about any concerns they may have.
Our be.Macmillan site offers a wide range of materials in different languages. These include information on early diagnosis and the Macmillan Support Line. We have a range of fact sheets about cancer that can be translated into Bengali, Gujariti, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Traditional Chinese and Urdu.
With your help, we can ensure everyone affected by cancer gets the support they need.