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Caribbean officials in UK for prostate cancer ball

AWARENESS: Black men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer

HIGH COMMISSIONERS from Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago have flown to the UK to raise awareness of prostate cancer at an annual fundraising ball.

The Friends of the Caribbean event, due to take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Milton Keynes on Saturday (July 16), aims to raise funds for The Prostate Cancer Charity, which affects three times more black men than white men.

Ally Clarke, one of the ball’s organisers who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2010 and is currently undertaking treatment for the condition, said:

“I’m on a mission to get the message out there about prostate cancer. Despite the fact that African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than their white counterparts, there is a serious lack of awareness.

“There’s lots of misunderstanding and misinformation in the Caribbean community, so I want to do what I can to help men feel in control about their health. I got tested and with treatment I am now going to be fine.”

He added: “The fundraising ball is the perfect setting to combine an evening of great food and entertainment with a more serious message about prostate cancer for men and their partners.

“The Prostate Cancer Charity is doing some great things to get the message out there, especially in the Caribbean Community,” he said.

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