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. 

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.

Please contact the Men at Risk team at menatrisk@prostatecanceruk.org to find out how we can work together to raise awareness in Black communities.

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.