On 17 October 2013, we launched a campaign to raise awareness of
this shocking statistic. You may find more Black men coming forward
to seek help and advice about prostate cancer and other prostate
problems. Here we provide more information about the campaign, and
how we can support you.
About the campaign
We knew that Black* men were more likely to get prostate cancer
than men of other ethnicities. We’ve recently been able to utilise
ONS data to
calculate that the lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer in
Black men is 1 in 4. This is double the 1 in 8 lifetime risk
for all men.
For more detailed information about how statistic was
*Calculations based on data from men recorded as ‘Black
African’, Black Caribbean’ and Black Other‘. ‘Black mixed’ data
excluded due to incomplete data records.
Supporting you, supporting men
The aim of this campaign is to ensure that Black men are made
aware of their risks, their rights to accessing services and the PSA test
(in line with the UK’s Prostate
Cancer Risk Management Programme) and are empowered to take
responsibility and control of their health.
We hope that the campaign will be successful in encouraging more
men at risk of prostate cancer to seek help and advice about the
If this has an impact on your practice, we provide a range of
information resources and
services to support you. These include:
Frequently asked questions
We’ve provided answers to some of the questions
you may receive from concerned men.
We provide up-to-date, award-winning information, reviewed by
health professionals, about all prostate problems. For a list
of our other publications, and to order, visit our publications page.
We work with health professionals across primary and secondary
care to support your learning and
development, encourage best practice and improve standards of
care for men with prostate cancer and other prostate problems.
Telephone and email helpline
Our UK-wide telephone and email
helpline is staffed by specialist nurses dedicated to
supporting anyone with concerns with prostate problems. We are
accredited by The Helplines Association with The Helplines