Bus with a message for Brixton’s men

Written by on September 4, 2015 in Brixton Bugle, Health, News - Comments Off on Bus with a message for Brixton’s men

prostate cancer ukA charity is coming to Lambeth on Sunday September 6 to raise awareness of the risk of prostate cancer. Black men have a particularly high risk of getting it, Prostate Cancer UK warns.

Its double decker bus will be in Windrush Square from 10am.

One in four black men in Britain will be diagnosed with it – double the risk faced by white men. There are more than 1,000 men living with prostate cancer in Lambeth.

But research shows that only 8 per cent of black men are aware of the increased danger they face and 23 per cent even think they are at lower risk.

Over the next six weeks, the “One In Four Tour” bus will be visiting cities across the country with its simple message: know your risk of prostate cancer and, if you’re aged 45 or over speak to your doctor.

Viv Anderson, former Arsenal and Manchester United defender and the first black footballer to start a match for England, will be touring with the charity. He said: “Every black guy needs to know that we face a considerable threat from prostate cancer. The statistics are startling and simply can’t be ignored.

Gogglebox’s Sandra, from Brixton, said: “I’m not one to keep quiet and people need to know that one in four black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Black men need to be made more aware of the increased risk they face and know where to get advice and support”.

Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer can contact Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383.

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Anna McKie is News Editor for the Brixton Blog and Bugle

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