In the African and Caribbean Community we are aware that there is a large issue with Diabetes, Hypertension and Mental health. However, there is an emerging phenomenon with Prostate Cancer which is a major killer.
Black men are now being affected with prostate cancer as early as 40 years old and research has shown that 1 in 4 black men will suffer from prostate cancer, which is double the risk 1 in 8 risks of all men in the UK. One doesn’t have to mention if this is not caught at an early stage it could ultimately lead to an untimely death in many cases.
It is important that men do get checked by their GP at 40 and ensures they have regular checks. This will initially in many cases involve at least a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test and also a Digital Rectal examination, no matter how uncomfortable it could be life saving.
There are a lot more options available should this be caught at an early stage in comparison to being caught when it too late and fatal.
There are various awareness programmes and this ongoing one is being launch during Black History month focussing of Prostate Cancer, Blood Pressure and Diabetes, On Friday 24th October 2014 at New Jerusalem Church 6 Rocky Lane Aston Birmingham B6 5RQ at 6.30pm. It is a free and open event to all, with health professionals and community workers. There will also be a free buffet after the session. You can register for this free event at eventbrite.co.uk referring to Man taking Control.
This is a serious issue that we have to ensure that there is a distinct level of pro-activity with this ever increasing health inequality and men must take control of their health, otherwise mothers will lose their sons, wives lose their husbands, children lose their father and the list may continue. Time to act and don’t leave it until it’s too late.