Chuka Umunna, Labour MP for Lambeth, has warned that black men are particularly at risk of contracting prostate cancer, pledging his support for Prostate Cancer UK.
According to new research by Prostate Cancer UK, black men face almost double the risk of getting prostate cancer. 1 in 12 black men will die from the disease, with 86% unaware of their heightened danger.
Released during Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month, the new research exposes a widespread lack of knowledge of the disease, which kills one black man every hour in the UK.
Not only do black men face an increased risk of prostate cancer, they are also more likely to develop the disease at a young age.
The prostate gland is an important component of the male sex system. Nevertheless, over 90% of people don’t know what it’s function is, with 62% not knowing where it is located in the body. Nearly 20% are unaware if they even have a prostate.
Godfrey Fletcher, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2015, said: “I have two sons, both of them now know that they face a higher risk, not just because of our ethnicity but also because of our family history.”
Mr Fletcher adds: “In the future, if they are unlucky enough to develop the disease, at least it will be picked up at an early stage when something can be done about it.”
The Labour MP for Streatham and Lambeth, Chuka Umunna has pledged to tackle the issue by supporting Prostate Cancer UK, encouraging more men to speak out about the disease. “As a black man myself I have had to wise up to the fact that I not only a much higher risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer that a white man the same age, I am also in greater danger of dying from it.”
“As a black man myself I have had to wise up to the fact that I not only a much higher risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer that a white man the same age, I am also in greater danger of dying from it,” Mr Umunna said.
“It is time we all start taking responsibility for our health-not just for own sake but for the sake of our sons and grandsons as well.”