• Monday, May 23, 2022

HEALTH

Cancer Stigma Among British Asians Affects Mental Health, Survival Rates

Purewal, whose organisation is based in west London, added: “For men, culturally, there is shame in talking about testicular cancer. The psychological state of mind can affect treatment, when you are constantly worrying about your condition and family responsibilities.” (Photo: Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images).

By: Radhakrishna N S

by Nadeem Badshah BRITISH ASIAN cancer patients who are suffering in silence need more support to encourage them to speak to their families about their illness, experts have urged. They have called for the government and mainstream health groups to reach out more to ethnic minorities diagnosed with the disease. Some are not telling anyone about their diagnosis, which community leaders warn could affect their mental health and affect their survival chances. A report by The Health Foundation report said efforts to save lives by detecting cancer earlier have stalled because British patients are fearful of wasting GPs’ time. Balraj Purewal, director of the Asian Health Agency, believes mainstream health groups are failing…

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