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Ms Sarah Fry 


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PhD student Sarah Fry
Position:PhD Student

Telephone:02920 917727
Location:Room 702a, EastGate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AB

Title:

'Perceptions of prostate cancer risk in African and Caribbean men in South Wales: Implications for health policy and supportive care'

Supervisors

Prof Daniel Kelly, Prof Jane Hopkinson

Research

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United Kingdom (Mackie, 2010).

Cancer Research UK reports that over 34,000 new cases are diagnosed and approximately 10,000 men die from prostate cancer, each year.

In recent years there has been a growing body of evidence that black African and Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than others, and twice as likely to die from the disease (Ben-Shlomo et al 2007). In the United Kingdom people from ethnic minority groups are believed to wait longer to see a doctor, and this means there may be less treatment options available for them when they are diagnosed.  We have anecdotal evidence that men of African and Caribbean origin are not being seen in cancer centres in South Wales, despite their increased risk for prostate cancer and an African and Caribbean community of over 13,000 in South Wales (UK Census, 2011).

This research will use semi-structured interviews and focus groups with men from the African and Caribbean community in South Wales, to gain some insight into what they think about cancer and their risk, and also to understand if they are less likely to see a doctor with early symptoms of prostate cancer.  This research will gather information to help us understand what we could do better and whether we can improve awareness.

References

Ben- Shlomo, Y., Evans, S., Ibrahim, F., Patel, B., Anson, K., Chinegwundoh, F., Corbishley, C., Dorlind, D., Thomas, B., Gillatt, D., Kirby, R., Muir, G., Nargund, V., Popert, R., Metcalfe, C., Persad, R. (2007).  The PROCESS cohort study.  European Urology, 53(1), 99-105.

Cancer Research UK (2012)

http://cancerhelp.cancerresearchuk.org/type/prostate-cancer/about/prostate-cancer-risks-and-causes; accessed 14.06.2012, 12:25.

Mackie, A (2010). Screening for Prostate Cancer; Review against programme appraisal criteria for the UK national Screening committee, Version 1. UK National Screening committee, April 2010.

UK Census (2011), Table EE4, Population Estimates by Ethnic Group Rel.8.0, Office for National Statistics, 2011.