Black men and prostate cancer

Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than men of other ethnicities.

In fact, 1 in 4 Black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. We don’t fully understand why Black men have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer and we are investing in research to try and find more answers.

For men like Pastor George Crawford, it wasn't just one. His brothers were diagnosed too, and he watched them bury their heads in the sand. In this short film he tells you why it's important to know your risk and how he's working with Black Health Initiative and Prostate Cancer UK to get the message out there.

Help raise awareness in your community

We need your help to ensure that Black men in your community are aware of their risks, know their rights to accessing services and are empowered to take responsibility and control of their health. You can play a massive role in changing the future of Black men’s health. 

In 2013 we identified three key priorities, and launched Partnering for Progress:

  • Addressing gaps in research and ethnicity data collection
  • Informing and empowering the community
  • Stronger partnerships and collaborative working

Now we work with ambassadors and community stakeholders to raise awareness of prostate cancer in Black men and lift the issue higher on the nation's health agenda. With your help we can keep raising the profile of prostate cancer even higher.

Last year we launched media campaigns specifically to inform Black men about prostate cancer and their rights to access services. It's our mission to empower Black men to take control of their health.

We have also partnered with several organisations and individuals to deliver prostate cancer events in their community through our Partnering for Progress Community Grants Programme. Now we need support from the community to continue this story and tell more Black men about prostate cancer, their risk, their rights and where they can go to for support.

Research into prostate cancer in Black men

It’s through research we know that 1 in 4 Black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives, but we don’t know why this is and it’s vital that we know more.

We invest in research to better understand the risk factors for prostate cancer, including ethnicity. We also carry out specific research to understand how prostate cancer impacts on the mental and physical wellbeing of Black men affected by the disease, and how you access services so that we can ensure you receive the care you need.

We are conducting a review to determine the evidence that already exists about prostate cancer in Black men and to identify the gaps in knowledge that further research should aim to address. From this review, recommendations will be made to prompt the research community to focus effort on research that will address the most important gaps identified.

We’ve recruited and trained a team of volunteer Research Champions to help us raise awareness about prostate cancer, talk to men about what research is and the benefits and hope it can bring, and how the community can get involved.

About Partnering for Progress

Partnering for Progress was launched in June 2013 at a summit we delivered in partnership with four Black community organisations (100 Black Men of London, African Health Policy Network, Association for Prostate Awareness and the Friends of The Caribbean). Through discussion with community representatives, we identified the three key priorities for addressing prostate cancer in Black men and are now working with three stakeholder Action Groups to deliver these.

If you are interested in hearing more about this work, future opportunities and how you can get involved, please contact our African & African Caribbean Project Manager, Tony Wong, at