This week I chaired to Birmingham launch of the ”Hear Me Now”, into health inequality facing the African & Caribbean men,
Prostate Cancer is deadly for everyone irrespective of who you are but a link to the report is attached below, which clearly shows a ratio of 5:1 when it comes to African & Caribbean men with ever increasing death rates.
A well attended conference with Members of the Local Community, Birmingham City Council and Local Clinical Commissioning Groups, alongside various local clinicians, after listening to the evidence, agreed that there is a need for a structured joint approaching order not to only develop an awareness of the effects of Prostate Cancer and the need for being tested whilst dispelling the associated fears.
The issue also of ensuring that a 40 year old man is not turn away by their GP when requesting a test, as Prostate Cancer can be treated successfully at times when discovered at an early stage.
Just recently I know of a man that lost his fight against prostate cancer at the age of 42, yes 42.
This is a serious issue and we intend to take this forward this all parties playing their part, but, importantly us the Community taking responsibility for ensuring that we develop the awareness and deal with the red tape as it comes along in order that we can improve the outlook, in tackling health inequalities.
I need not comment to the devastating effect this can have on families and we need to work together.
Therefore, those of you willing to help, please get in touch.
Click Here for Hear Me Now Report