Our African Caribbean programme, Partnering for Progress, is an innovative initiative designed to address the issue of Black men’s increased risk of developing prostate cancer. 

What is it?

We are working closely with health professionals, researchers, academics, community organisations and individuals who work with the Black community to address Black men’s prostate health issues.

The premise of the Partnering for Progress programme stems from a summit event we held in June 2013 which illustrated a growing need to explore three key priorities for addressing prostate cancer in the Black community:

  • Responding to gaps in research and ethnicity data collection
  • Informing and empowering Black communities
  • Building stronger partnerships with key partners  

As a result of this insight, we’ve set-up three stakeholder action groups to work in partnerships to deliver on the above priorities.

Why is there a need?

Prostate Cancer UK endeavours to find answers to why Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than men of other ethnicities. We recently found that in the UK, about 1 in 4 Black men* will get prostate cancer at some point in their life, double the risk of all men in the UK (1 in 8).

* Black men, as defined using Office of National Statistics data, refers to ‘Black African’, ‘Black Caribbean’ and ‘Black Other’. It does not include ‘Black mixed’.

What will it do or what does the programme incorporate?

The Partnering for Progress programme aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer in the Black community and improve access to appropriate support services by working in partnership with health service providers and the Black community.

We want to build our knowledge of why Black men have an increased risk, and this starts with better ethnicity data collection to help inform research.

An innovative approach of the programme is the creation of a network of ‘Research Champions’ to speak in Black communities about the importance of taking part in prostate cancer research.

The programme also involves piloting a community grants programme to financially enable and support community individuals and organisations to deliver grassroots events and activities in the Black community to building knowledge and inform Black men about prostate cancer.  

The programme will be driven by building partnerships with those committed to improving health outcomes in the Black community, working jointly to achieve our common goal to develop better prostate cancer outcomes for Black men.

Find out more

Read more about the risk in Black men.

Read more about our work in the Black community and the Partnering for Progress programme.

If you work with Black men either in the community or in health settings please contact the team to find out more about how you can support this initiative.

You can also order our free information leaflets for African Caribbean men which provides specialist information and advice.