July is Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month (EMCAM).
EMCAM was set up to raise awareness and provide support for people in the UK affected by cancer who are from ethnic minority communities.
Certain types of cancer occur more frequently in particular groups, with African-Caribbean men three times more likely to develop prostate cancer compared to white men, mouth cancer more frequent among South Asian communities and liver cancer more common among Bangladeshi and Chinese communities.
Macmillan Cancer Support has outlined that language can often be a barrier for ethnic minority communities accessing vital information and voicing concerns. The charity has a wide range of materials available online at be.macmillan.org.uk, translated into Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Traditional Chinese and Urdu.
Source: Macmillan Mac Update (July 2015), www.cancerequality.co.uk
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