Don’t hide from cancer. Confront your risk

Politician Chuka Umunna wants to use his voice to help his community

Why are you supporting our campaign?

Because men, particularly of my ethnic background, are disproportionately affected by prostate cancer. I feel that as somebody who is a public figure in the black community, I have a particular duty to do all I can to make sure that in our different and diverse communities, people are aware of their risk.

I know that, having spoken to medical practitioners and stakeholders in my own community, awareness is a real problem. If you help to raise awareness, you can help to save lives.

What do you hope the campaign will achieve?

If the Stronger Knowing More campaign does anything, I want to ensure that it raises awareness through being out there in the public eye, getting people to talk about this in their families and in their communities.

If, at the end of this campaign, just one more person knows about this who otherwise didn’t and who’s at a higher risk, then that would be worth it for me.

If you help to raise awareness, you can help to save lives.

Where do you draw your strength from?

I draw my strength from my community. It’s a huge privilege to do what I do as a Member of Parliament representing Streatham, the place where I was born and grew up. I’m lucky because people always encourage me and support me to do even more for the community in a positive way – that is a massive source of strength.

What do think about the increased risk of prostate cancer amongst black men?

I think it’s really important to ensure that black men are aware of the increased risk because when you see the warning signs of prostate cancer, it will encourage you to go to the doctors and that’s not something, as men, we're always very good at, whether you’re black or white.

Finally, how does it feel to be amongst people like Goldie, Bob Marley and David Haye, in getting your portrait shot by Dennis Morris?

I’m genuinely humbled to be in the company of the other men taking part. I kind of think, my gosh, how come I’ve been asked to do this amongst these incredible talents in the worlds of sport, music and beyond?

(Photograph of Chuka Umunna © Dennis Morris assisted by Bolade Banjo)

 

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Education is the key

Actor Danny John-Jules tells us why it’s important to talk more

"I’d tell other black men to visit the Prostate Cancer UK website or go and have a chat with your doctor, it’s no different to chatting to anyone else. The guy that’s self conscious about going to the doctor is going to be the loudest guy in the pub."

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