Monday 10th July 2011 marks the beginning of this year’s Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Week (EMCAW) – an opportunity for people from ethnic communities to find out more about the support available for cancer sufferers and their families.
Cancer is a disease that rocks the lives of 1 in every 3 people. Though those within the ethnic community are more likely to be susceptible to certain types of cancer, such as prostate cancer in African Caribbean men and higher cases of breast cancer experienced by our women, our community tend to be unaware of the disease and the services available. This lack of awareness can prove to be fatal as people wait longer before receiving a diagnosis.
EMCAW aims to educate communities about how your lifestyle can increase the risk of developing cancer, how to do simple checks and identify symptoms plus which organisations can help.
You can find out more about EMCAW at their website: www.emcaw.co.uk