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Ethnic Minorities Urged to Take Part in York Cancer Checks

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1:05pm 23rd June 2014

July is Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month and Macmillan believes that no matter what your age, gender or ethnicity, everyone affected by cancer is entitled to the best possible support, advice and information.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service is stopping off in North and West Yorkshire from 1st to 4th July, including York, Ilkley and Harrogate. No appointment is necessary, and anyone is welcome. A team of information and support specialists will be on board to offer free, confidential, advice and support to anyone with a concern or a question relating to cancer.

Around 13% of the UK population consider themselves to belong to a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) group1 and Macmillan research has shown that people from BME communities overall have a poorer experience of NHS cancer services. Communication issues and unfamiliarity with the NHS can be barriers in accessing cancer services, and uptake of cancer screening is generally lower amongst BME groups2.

In England black men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men, and it appears to progress more rapidly as prostate cancer death rates are 30% higher amongst black men3 and the incidence rate of oral cancer amongst South Asians is 40% higher than any other ethnic group4.

Details of the visit:

  • York, Piazza outside south transept of York Minster, YO1 7HH. Tuesday 1 July - 10am to 4pm

Helen Kennedy, Lead Macmillan Information and Support Specialist on the unit, says, “Cancer affects all communities so everyone should be aware of it. We understand that someone affected by cancer is not just a patient but an individual, and cancer care and support needs to be made more relevant to a diversity of people and their personal, spiritual and cultural beliefs.

We know that cancer has a big impact on anyone’s life and it’s vital that the right support is in place, physically, emotionally and financially. Macmillan provides a range of information in other languages and accessible formats and our helpline also has a translation service available. We can also signpost to local Macmillan services and self-help and support groups in your community. We are here to support anyone affected by cancer with any questions they may have to help make sure no one faces cancer alone.”

Our five mobile information units travel around the UK visiting local communities, providing cancer information and advice on the ground. Last year they helped around 60,000 people in over 500 locations across the UK.

If you have any worries or questions about cancer, whether it’s about you, a relative or friend, come on board the bus or call Macmillan. If you cannot visit the unit but have questions about cancer, visit or  call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00.

To find out more about Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month and how to get involved visit

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