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Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month

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July is Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month and Macmillan needs your help in reaching out to people affected by cancer in minority ethnic communities.

As outlined in this ‘Rich Picture’ report, cancer awareness and uptake of some cancer services is lower among ethnic minorities. Additionally, some ethnic minorities tend to be diagnosed at a later stage, when their disease is more advanced – which can lead to poorer outcomes.

Certain cancers are also more common among particular groups and communities, for example:

  • African-Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer compared to white males.
  • Mouth cancer is more common among South Asian communities.
  • Liver cancer is more prevalent among Bangladeshi and Chinese communities.

Language can often be a barrier for minority ethnic communities when it comes to getting cancer information or speaking about concerns they might have. Macmillan has a wide range of translated cancer information, covering symptom awareness, cancer types, cancer treatments and living with cancer. Visit www.macmillan.org.uk/translations for more information.

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