Croydon BME Forum to Raise Awareness, Empower Communities and Save Lives in Croydon

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 Monday 6th  July 2015 | 12:00

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Croydon BME Forum to raise awareness, empower communities and save lives in Croydon during Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month (JULY) 2015.cancer month5

Croydon BME Forum will be working with a national charity, Cancer Equality, who are launching this year’s Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month (EMCAM) in July, with the aim of raising awareness of bowel cancer and the importance of screening among Croydon’s ethnic minority communities.

The campaign also aims to help individuals take up the services that are available to them in Croydon– with the aim of saving lives.

The campaign is supported by Public Health England and by Bowel Cancer UK, with the charity providing speakers and resources.

cancer month6Someone in the UK is diagnosed with bowel cancer every 15 minutes. That’s 33,218 men and women every year, with 12,871 cases proving fatal.

Ethnic minority communities, which make up 14% of Britain’s population, can be particularly at risk, because awareness of cancer and uptake of some cancer services, including screening, are lower in those communities. That means people from ethnic communities tend to be diagnosed when the disease is more advanced, which can lead to poorer survival rates.

EMCAM 2015 aims to tackle those issues, by working with Croydon BME forum and its BME Mental Health Community Development Workers Service placing the health and quality of health services delivered to Black and Ethnic Minority permanently on the agenda.

By working with Croydon BME forum who already has close links with ethnic minority communities in Croydon, Cancer Equality aims to reach as many people as possible throughout the campaign.

This event is to raise awareness of cancer as the uptake of some cancer services is lower among ethnic minorities, added to this some ethnic minorities tend to be diagnosed when the disease is more advanced, all of which can lead to poorer survival.

Croydon BMe Forum’s awareness events are as follows:

9th of July, 12-2pm @Croydon BME forum, 387 London Road, CR0 63PB

17th of July, 12-2pm @ 81 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7JH

21st of July, 12-2pm @CVA, London Rd, Croydon, Surrey CR0 2TB

25th of July, 12-2pm- Croydon BME forum, 387 London Road, CR0 63PB

There will be expert speakers at each session to present up-to-date information on spotting signs, symptoms, prevention and treatments available. Health promotion materials and lunch will also be provided.

Croydon BME Forum’s Chief Executive said:

“. We are very proud to be involved in this year’s Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Mont, and proud to be in partnership with Cancer Equality. Together, we will continue to raise the communities’ awareness of cancers of all kind. The  hard fact is, we need more people from the BME communities to be aware, present early and to be assured of better outcomes.“-

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For further information please contact Risq on 020 8684 3719, risq@bmeforum.org

Croydon BME (black & minority ethnic) Forum is the umbrella organisation for Croydon’s Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community sector; engaging people, building capacity, and promoting equality and cohesion.  We are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.

The Forum was established to maximise the engagement of BME communities in all aspects of living and working in Croydon. We make representations on behalf of Croydon’s black and minority ethnic communities to public sector agencies and other statutory and non-statutory organisations.

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