BME Cancer Communities - Rebranded as B'Me

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CANCER SUPPORT ADVOCACY

CANCER SUPPORT ADVOCACY

An innovative service for cancer patients and carers

CANCER AWARENESS

CANCER AWARENESS

Culturally appropriate pre and post-diagnosis cancer information

HEAR ME NOW!

HEAR ME NOW!

Confronting the uncomfortable reality of prostate cancer in African-Caribbean men

CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS

CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS

Establishing culturally appropriate support groups in local Communities

OUR FOCUS IS WELL BEING

OUR FOCUS IS WELL BEING

Treating the patient rather than the condition

ADDRESSING BME CANCER INEQUALITIES

ADDRESSING BME CANCER INEQUALITIES

Culturally sensitive and appropriate practical advice, information, advocacy and support services

Cancer Questions

Cancer Questions

Frequently asked questions relating to BME cancer awareness

SISTA'S AGAINST CANCER

SISTA'S AGAINST CANCER

Cancer Support Group - Nottingham

Well Being -

Well Being -

Promoting healthy life style and personal well being

Vitiligo is not skin cancer

We are aware via the outreach sessions we deliver, that some of our contacts believed that the two conditions were linked. We aim to replace myths and misinformation with accurate cancer information as follows:

  • Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes lighter patches of skin in comparison to the usual skin colour. This is due to the fact that the areas affected have less melanin, the pigment that colours the skin and offers some protection from the sun.
  • This does not mean that people of colour cannot get skin cancer. Howewer the most common types of skin cancer are uncommon in people who have a deeper skin tone. Areas of skin wbere the colour may be lighter such as areas affected by vitiligo, the soles of the feet and and palms of hands need extra protection from overexposure to the sun. (We do need some sunlight for Vitamin D production, especially in coooler countries and esoecially if the skin tone is deeper).
  • The amount of melanin we have helps to determine the colour of our skin, so people who are of African genetic heritage for example tend to generally have a deeper skin tone than White Europeans due to more melanin in the skins layers.
  • Vitiligo tends to be more noticeable if it affects Black or some Asian people. Most cases of vitiligo affect specific small areas of the body, but less commonly large areas may be affected and in rare cases individuals affected may change colour to a lighter skin tone completely.

Neither cancer or vitiligo can be passed on by sitting next to, or touching an individual with the condition. In some countries more people than expected are affected by vitiligo, for example in some South Asian countries. We at BME communities sincerely hope that this article will help to dispel some of the fears that both people affected by vitiligo and other community members may have and in turn raise awareness about a debilitating, but non cancerous condition. For more information visit the vitiligo Society.

http://www.vitiligosociety.org.uk

Prostate Cancer Risk Check

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Check Tings Out!

Prostate Caancer App

Check Tings Out!
B'Me Events & Activities

B'Me Events & Activities

Events and activities blog

Cancer A-Z

Cancer A-Z

Link to Macmillan cancer information and support

Hear Me Now Campaign

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Hear Me Now Campaign

Call for action about prostate cancer in black men

Hear Me Now Reports

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Hear Me Now Reports

the uncomfortable reality of prostate cancer in black men

Check Tings out!

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Check Tings Out!

Prostate cancer community clinic

BME Reports & Publications

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BME Reports and Publications

Culturally and community based reports and calls to action

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