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Black people in the UK are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with stomach cancer , warns leading cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support during Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Week (11-17 July 2011).
'If you have any symptoms of stomach cancer described we would urge you to see your GP immediately who will examine you and arrange any tests or x-rays that may be necessary. Many of the symptoms are common to conditions other than cancer but it’s important to have them checked out.
'There are many ways black people can reduce their risk of stomach cancer - quit smoking and eat a healthy diet with more green leafy vegetables, fruit, less salt and processed meat.'
Julie Wills, Assistant Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4933
 NCIN (2009) Cancer Incidence and Survival By Major Ethnic Group, England, 2002 - 2006
 Around 8,000 people are diagnosed with stomach cancer| in the UK every year
Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Week is organised by a collaboration of leading charities including Macmillan Cancer Support to increase awareness and early diagnosis of cancer among ethnic minority communities and groups. Many people in ethnic communities tend to be diagnosed when cancer is more advanced, leading to poorer survival.
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
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