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Cardiff & Vale College Announces Cancer Awareness Resource

Cardiff and Vale College, working in partnership with Velindre Cancer Centre, has launched the UK’s first Health and Cancer Awareness Resource for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

As the largest provider of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses in Wales, CAVC is well placed to reach out to BAME communities across the Capital Region and beyond. Research has found that people from these communities are less likely to take part in national cancer screening programmes and that there is lower levels of awareness of cancer signs and symptoms.

Funded by Velindre Cancer centre’s Charitable Funds Committee, the ESOL+ Health and Cancer Awareness Resource is a series of educational tools for BAME communities which are incorporated into ESOL classes. The resource has been produced by a working group comprising CAVC, Public Health Wales and Velindre Cancer Centre.

The resource aims to address health inequalities among BAME communities in Wales by raising awareness of health matters including healthy eating, cancer prevention and the range of health services available.

Dr Seema Arif, Consultant Oncologist at Velindre Cancer Centre who has led the work said: “It is vital that all citizens in Wales are made aware of the range of health services available, especially cancer screening programmes and cancer treatments.

For BAME communities in particular, cultural barriers have limited them from accessing a range of health services. That’s why health education within BAME communities is so important.”

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