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Reaching out to black and minority ethnic communities to reduce cancer rates

Our series on how cancer affects different patient demographics looks at black and minority ethnic communities

Our series on how cancer affects different patient demographics looks at black and minority ethnic communities

Earlier this year, the Race Equality Foundation published a paper warning that understanding prevalence and experiences of black and minority ethnic (BME) people with cancer is hindered by a lack of data relating to these communities.

The author of the Better Health Briefing paper, Qulsom Fazil, lecturer in disability studies and behavioural science at the University of Birmingham, warns that healthcare providers have a poor understanding of the needs of BME communities.

She says that while there are several examples of best practice in this area, often led by the charity sector, there is a paucity of health education regarding cancer and limited awareness of the availability of support

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