In the UK, 1 in 4 black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and have double the risk of developing the disease than other men.

Prostate Cancer UK is actively raising awareness within Black communities, right across the country, to ensure they understand their heightened risk.

Nick Ridgman, Head of Health Information & Clinical Support at Prostate Cancer UK, and Samuel Nelson, diagnosed with prostate cancer in his fifties, talk to presenter Simon Thomas about the importance of Black men knowing their risk of developing prostate cancer, and what action they need to take, even in the absence of any symptoms.

Lack of symptoms

Unlike many other cancers, prostate cancer doesn’t tend to have a lot of early symptoms, so being aware of risk factors is hugely important for catching it early on, and for the best chance of a cure.

There are three key risk factors, these are:

  • Age – if you’re over 50

    Nick Ridgman, Head of Health Information & Clinical Support at Prostate Cancer UK.
  • Family history – if you have a brother or a father with a diagnosis of prostate cancer
  • If you’re Black

Head to the Prostate Cancer UK website to take their 30-second risk assessor and to learn more.

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