Black Women Rising- The Untold Cancer Stories, is the UK’s first all-black female cancer portrait exhibition, aimed at getting more black female cancer patients connecting and talking about their cancer experiences- to aid their recovery process, spread some much-needed cancer awareness amongst their communities and educate some of the UK’s leading cancer care organisations about their needs.

A recent NHS publication suggests cultural stigmas/ taboos and general myths about cancer amongst the various black communities stops individuals from talking about their experiences- often completing their treatment without giving the vital feedback the NHS so desperately need in order to successfully cater for the needs of these individuals mentally and physically.

“BME patients are less likely to give feedback about treatment, making it difficult for the NHS to identify areas where care can be improved”
Simon Stevens- NHS England- Chief Executive

“The NHS needs to know more about the experience of black and minority ethnic people who have cancer treatment in order to ensure services understand their needs”
Lord Victor Adebowale, NHS England- board member

The project itself will consist of photographic exhibition of 14 phenomenally brave Black Female Cancer Patients/survivors and their bodily scars left after the disease. There will also be a live panel talk with the ladies exhibited, addressing their individual experiences, fears and hopes for the future.

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