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Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Week (EMCAM)
Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month (EMCAM), previously Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Week (EMCAW), is when we can all come together to raise awareness of cancer within ethnic minority communities in Britain. EMCAM is organised by an alliance of charities working with and within communities to raise awareness of cancer. For more information click here


Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Week (EMCAW)
EMCAW is one week each year when we can all come together to raise awareness of cancer within ethnic minority communities in Britain. EMCAW is organised by an alliance of charities working with and within communities to raise awareness of cancer. For more information click here
Cancer Carers Project
This project is a joint initiative between Cancer Equality, The Afiya Trust, and Macmillan Cancer Support, who has also funded the project. This is a 2 year London pilot project which aims to improve access to information for carers for people with cancer from refugee and asylum seeking communities and is an extension of the Cancer Equality Carers Project which provided the same information targeting Asian and Chinese communities.
Cancer and BME
Cancer Equality is commissioned by the National Cancer Action Team (NCAT) to collect materials for grey literature on cancer and BME. The term grey literature is broadly defined in this project and our aim is to include all forms of informational materials, which have been produced as part of a general communication process, not for formal publication in peer-reviewed journals. Collected materials will eventually be made available via a web based portal at the National Cancer Action Team’s Patient Experience website ( to provide healthcare professionals the tool to access and share information which have been undertaken to understand and or improve services for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) cancer patients.
Cancer and Diet Information Project
This was a three-year project funded by the Department of Health to develop dietary information for people from Asian, African, Caribbean and Chinese communities affected by cancer. It is widely acknowledged that cancer patients are nutritionally compromised as a consequence of their disease and its associated treatment. However, available literature on cancer a and diet reveals that appropriate dietary information is not widely available to cancer patients from the target communities. The project aimed to address that gap by responding to the needs of this group of patients and their carers by developing appropriate and easily accessible information in partnership with professional experts.
Cancer Information Project
This project was launched by Cancer Equality in 2003 with funding from the Department of Health. The aim of the project was to bridge the gap in the provision of appropriate culturally sensitive information for members of Black and Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities by

  • Producing a directory of information about cancer diagnosis, treatment modalities, palliative care and follow-up for BME people with cancer, their family, friends and professional working with them.
  • Acting as a resource for cancer information materials aimed specially at BME communities
  • Acting as a resource providing research materials and information on cancer, the experience of care and accessiblity of services in the area of ethnicity and cancer care
BME Cancer Awareness Signs & Symptoms Project
The project created a model for the development and delivery of appropriate, accessible, translated information (currently not available) targeting BME communities to raise awareness on cancer and recognising its signs and symptoms in a supportive manner.

  • Provide cancer information to “hard to reach” groups specifically targetting those from BME communities
  • Produce translated written information on cancer in their appropriate languages covering issues on cancer, signs and symptoms, information on access to cancer services which will be downloadable and disseminated widely
  • Ensure that the involvement of users and primary care services throughout the project is integral to the project
  • Provde cancer outreach sessions to the target groups on cancer awareness in community settings
  • Dissemination of the new information materials to key stakeholders i.e. service users, health professionals, mainstream cancer and carers’ organisations and community organisations
Lung Cancer Information Project
People from black and minority ethnic communities tend to be diagnosed with lung cancer later than the rest of the population and are therefore less likely to survive it. But despite this fact, there’s very little information available about lung cancer for people who don’t speak English as their first language.
That’s why Cancer Equality, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and The Afiya Trust produced lung cancer information materials for those from BMe communities. These materials were available in written and audio format, and were free of charge.
It covered everything from the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, to the diagnosis and treatment of the illness, to living with this type of cancer.