Reaching out to the African Caribbean community for prostate awareness

A new and inspiring campaign called Inspire Health is the brainchild of  Jyoti Shah, a consultant urological surgeon for Burton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. They have reached out into their community to raaise awareness of prostate cancer as African Caribbean men have a 1 in 4 chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The chances of diagnosis is high as it is specific to their DNA. Boxer Neville Brown has joined in the campaign and says there is no excuse to be tested as the statistics are just too high to ignore. Only 34% of African Caribbean men have even heard of the disease.

Prostate cancer is the most comon cancer  among men in the UK and often grows slowly and has a low risk of spreading.  It is mainly found in men over the age of 50 although any signs or symptoms in younger men should never be ignored.

Although no-one knows how to prevent prostate cancer, a healthy diet and lifestyle may be crucial in preventing it.