Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month

  • Comment

This July is Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month.

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.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.