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B’Me Report: vivid portrayal of life for black cancer patients and carers, access to treatments services and support during COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown

The report is entitled: Cancer and Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic:  Black African and Black Caribbean Cancer Patients and Carers.  B’Me commissioned this study to support our ongoing work in developing a more detailed understanding about the experiences of black cancer patients and carers during lockdown, and to contribute to the emerging body of knowledge. The focus of the research was on the day-to-day lived experiences of cancer patients and carers. The report, which was supported by a range of organisations, includes a collection of in-depth personal case studies that provide a vivid illustration of life with cancer, caring for someone with cancer, and the anxieties that are part and parcel of the journey.  The report also explores the impact of enforced isolation, on the mental health and general wellbeing of cancer patients and carers, and the effect of the lockdown on access to cancer treatment, support, and other services. There are also deeply painful experiences that are shared of very suddenly losing a loved one to COVID-19. 

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Black African Caribbean and African men (with West African heritage) are at increased risk of developing prostate cancer at an earlier age. We are in a barber's shop, where Vincent, Enus, Patty Dumplin and Carl discuss prostate cancer.

BMECC's paticipation in the Charity Walk for Peace event in Miiton Keynes Sunday 30th June 2019 was well rewarded.  The cheque for £615 was presented to Rose Thompson (CE) and Lindsay Thompson (COO) by Dr Irfan Malik, Regional President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association, West Midlands.

Research has shown that prostate cancer is three times more likely in black men and nationally prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, accounting for 26% of all male cancer diagnoses in the UK. Nottingham is a diverse city, with approximately 35% of the population comprising of BME groups.

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