In light of the current COVID-19 situation in the UK, we have made the decision to hold this event digitally instead. We will have the same stellar panel of experts and young adults living with and beyond cancer to give advice, share their stories, and answer your questions. We will announce the new date for the event soon, and you will be able to join it from the comfort of your own home.

You can access the webinar from your computer by just clicking the link we will be sharing with you shortly.

To access from your phone, you will need to download the Zoom app.

TBC July at 7.30pm 
Lifting the Lid on Cancer in the BAMER Community


Hosted by Toral Shah (founder of The Urban Kitchennutritional scientist and chef), we want to talk about the specific challenges and experiences of cancer patients in the BAME communities. Why is it that black women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with advanced breast cancer than white women? And why are cancer patients from BAME backgrounds less likely to receive follow up screenings? We’ve invited Charlotte Crowl (trustee and ambassador for Black Women Rising), Joe Fernandez (from the Trekstock Community) and Mary Oladele (from Cancer Education) to cover topics such as why BAMER cancer patients are less likely to access support, specific issues within different communities such as taboos around being open with a cancer diagnosis, and what people can do to raise awareness and representation of cancer within BAME communities. Why is it that black women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with advanced breast cancer than white women? And why are cancer patients from BAME backgrounds less likely to receive follow up screenings?

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Learn more about our amazing line-up
Saima Thompson
Saima Thompson runs multi-award-winning restaurant Masala Wala Cafe in South London, is an entrepreneur and thanks to a recent cancer diagnosis now writer and public speaker. After being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at 29 years old her life changed forever, now a cancer patient she was determined to bring her worlds of food and health together. Proving to myself and others that palliative care isn’t the end of LIVING. She suffered mentally after the news but through sheer determination, she worked through life’s traumas with coping strategies and look to carry the diagnosis with her.
Her focus has been to raise awareness and connect with people from BAME backgrounds so others do not feel alone when they get the news. There is a total lack of conversation around the disease, let alone cancer, this is due to cultural shame, taboo and lack of education, integration especially with elders. Because of the silence, the statistics are shocking and people are dying unnecessarily being staged late in BAME communities. 
She has written pieces for Refinery29, Huffington Post, Vice and featured in national campaigns for Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK & the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. She was named a Top 100 Change Maker by The Big Issue and Top 50 #femail by The Daily Mail for her efforts to speak out. She guest co-hosted the BBC 5 podcast ‘You, Me and the Big C’ speaking about the topic of culture and cancer and is currently working on a cookbook & podcast.
Charlotte Crowl
Bio coming soon.
Joe Fernandez

Joe is 35 years old and is a survivor of testicular cancer. In 2018, he was diagnosed with Stage 2 testicular cancer and received 3 cycles of carboplatin chemo and had an orchidectomy to remove one testicle.

True to his profession – a former journalist turned PR Manager, Joe is keen to raise awareness of cancer and has penned blogs for many communities, detailing his journey and the challenges he faced. This includes the dilemmas of being a single man of colour when accessing cancer support services and sharing stories with family and friends of the same background. He is a member of the Cancer Lads and BAME Cancer Support networks and is of Goan descent.

Mary Oladele
Mary Oladele is a Senior Therapeutic Radiographer, specialising in cancer treatment using radiation. She currently runs Cancer Education, a charity that focuses on raising awareness about cancer with the BAMER community, supporting patients from these communities and reintegrating women back into the community and workplace.