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Nottingham City launches first BME prostate cancer project

Driven by Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community organisations, the City will launch its first BME community led prostate cancer awareness project targeting men within Black, African and Black Caribbean communities. This has been supported by community health professionals and funded by NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


The project, titled ‘Check Tings Out’, formally launched on Saturday 21 May at the ACNA Centre, 31 Hungerhill Road in St Anns, with attendance from BBC journalist Carol Hinds and over 60 healthcare and community stakeholder groups.

Research has shown that prostate cancer is three times more likely in black men and nationally prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, accounting for 26% of all male cancer diagnoses in the UK. Nottingham is a diverse city, with approximately 35% of the population compromising BME groups. 

The project has been developed in response to the 2014 follow up ‘Hear Me Now’ report written by Nottingham-trained radiographer Rose Thompson, which looked into the reality of prostate cancer in Black, African and Caribbean men and revealed that black men in England are twice as likely to develop cancer compared to white Caucasian men and are twice as likely to die from it. ‘Hear Me Now’ is now a national campaign influencing positive action nationwide.

As a result of the findings from the report Nottingham City CCG has worked in collaboration with BME communities and NHS Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUH) to deliver the project in partnership with the community. The project will be carried out as drop in sessions in starting on 6 June 2016. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of increased risk amongst black men, encourage visits to their doctor and increase their knowledge of the Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment test.

Dr Hugh Porter, GP and Clinical Lead at NHS Nottingham City CCG, said: “We really want to make a difference and tackle the alarming rates of prostate cancer in black males. This will be a step in the right direction to understand the full impact of cancer in this population. I’m very excited to launch this project in the community in a place where people feel the most comfortable to help break down those barriers to accessing treatment. The ‘Hear me now’ report highlighted that black men are less likely to proactively ask health professionals for advice. We really hope this project will start to put males in this community at ease in talking to a nurse or doctor to seek the advice they need.”

Rose Thompson, Director of BME Cancer Communities, said: “Anecdotally black men’s prostate cancer death rates appear to be increasing in some areas of the UK, particularly where both community members and health professionals lack awareness about their increased prostate cancer risk. The community based clinic aims to provide an accessible service to these men who are concerned about their prostate gland health and to other men from the wider local community. Personally I would like to see as many men as possible access the service at the ACNA centre.”

Ben Sherwood, Clinical Lead at NUH, said: “This is a vitally important project for us at NUH. In collaboration with our primary care colleagues and community leaders, we have an opportunity to bring support and expertise to the heart of the communities that are most at risk of this disease.”

For further information on the ‘Check Tings Out’ campaign contact Rose Thompson at BME Cancer Communities via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 07834 170 564 or 07834 170 566.

Published: 23 May 2016