Be breast aware for Ethnic Minorities Cancer Awareness Week
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, but over half of black and minority ethnic (BME) women say they don’t check their breasts because they don’t know what to look and feel for.
Breast Cancer Care, the UK’s leading support charity for people affected by breast cancer, was part of an alliance of cancer charities including Cancer Equality that set up Ethnic Minorities Cancer Awareness Week (EMCAW) three years ago to make sure more information is available to everyone from a BME background. This year EMCAW runs from 11th to 17th July.
To increase awareness this EMCAW, Breast Cancer Care will be hosting two Cancer Awareness Open Days, one in their London office and the other in Sheffield. There’ll be workshops and information from Breast Cancer Care, as well as from The Prostate Cancer Charity, Bowel Cancer UK, Jo’s Trust and The Afyia Trust.
Breast Cancer Care’s research has revealed that 32% of BME women say they don’t know much about breast cancer; 43% of BME women say they never look at or feel their breasts for changes; and 45% of BME women of screening age (currently 50 – 70 years old) have never been to an NHS screening appointment.
“This could be because of poor access to information, or because breast awareness campaigns aren’t targeting all women equally, so it’s important for us to hold these events and promote EMCAW,” Breast Cancer Care said.
The event at Breast Cancer Care’s London office is on Friday, 15th July from 12pm – 4pm. Other charities, healthcare professionals, and anyone else with a general interest in these issues is invited. Breast Cancer Care will be sharing information on the best ways of reaching BME audiences with cancer awareness information, and running workshops on different types of cancers including breast awareness.
The event is open for registrants only, so anyone who is interested in attending the Cancer Awareness Open Day to find out more about cancer in BME communities and cancer awareness should book a place by calling 0845 092 0809 or emailing email@example.com.
If you’d like to run your own community event during EMCAW to raise cancer awareness, please visit www.emcaw.co.uk.
For more information about breast cancer go to www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call Breast Cancer Care’s freephone helpline on 0808 800 6000.