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‘Cancer doesn’t care who you are – but the NHS does’

The NHS is keen to ensure that the experiences of patients from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds receiving cancer treatment are improved. It wants to get the message out to community groups that it can only meet the diverse needs of NHS patients if it hears from them.

With this in mind, it is particularly keen to encourage people from BAME communities to complete the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey to tell cancer services what is working well and what should be improved. At the moment, far fewer BAME than white British people complete the survey, but their answers suggest that they have had worse experiences of cancer treatment than white British people.

The NHS is particularly keen for BAME community settings to display posters and talk about the campaign on websites, in e-newsletters and on Twitter and Facebook – especially during its national promotion period, from 20 to 24 November.

The overall message it wants to put out is ‘Cancer doesn’t care who you are – but the NHS does’.

To find out more, including how to access posters etc, download a briefing

To be put in touch with the communications lead in your NHS regional team, email [email protected]