Breast cancer is a significant health concern in the UK, including in the South Asian community. While breast cancer incidence rates are lower among South Asian women than white women in the UK, studies have shown that the mortality rates are higher. This suggests that South Asian women may be diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage, which can reduce the effectiveness of treatment and increase the risk of death.
Several factors may contribute to the increased mortality risk among South Asian women with breast cancer in the UK. These factors include cultural barriers to seeking medical attention, limited access to information about breast cancer, and low participation rates in breast cancer screening programs.
To address these issues, and many more surrounding the disease, Future Dreams Breast Cancer Charity, UK has partnered with skincare brand Palmer’s focusing on the specific needs of the South Asian community. The charity will walk together with Palmer’s to break down barriers, providing emotional and practical support to this community, including events and activities in line with their specific needs.
The first workshop in this line, ‘Samosa Chaat & Chat,’ took place this week at Future Dreams House.
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Speaking to iGlobal, the Future Dreams Breast Cancer Charity spokesperson explained that these workshops are an attempt to reduce taboos surrounding breast cancer in the diaspora and support those touched by breast cancer.
Renowned British Indian chef and baker Shabnam Russo will make samosa chaat, and her freshly brewed chai tea in the Dream kitchen for all to enjoy. The event is by Dr Fharat Raja, Consultant Medical Oncologist and Jasdeep Gahir, Oncoplastic Breast and General Surgeon, who have a great understanding and experience of the issues that people within the diaspora face following a breast cancer diagnosis.
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The Platinum Pudding finalist Shabnam Russo said: “Over the years I lost both my aunts and my cousin to cancer and the only thing that got us through the devastating loss was the comfort of community and kindness . No one should have to face cancer alone, so I’m supporting Future dreams in their free workshop supporting our South Asian community in London. Earlier in the year, I was a spokesperson for the Macmillan Cancer charity and was baking and Fundraising, hosting my coffee morning as well.
“I will be baking my family recipes of Punjabi Samosa Chaat with chickpeas and chutneys, Bombay Chai and a Spiced Coconut jaggery cake, a recipe I created for the event.”
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Sessions supported by Palmer’s will provide attendees with a non-clinical, friendly, safe, and nurturing environment to open up about their personal situations and the opportunity to form peer friendships whilst growing their support networks. Workshops will be held monthly, and the subjects of each will be tailored to the needs and desires of those attending.
Notably, this workshop is exclusive to those touched by breast cancer in the South Asian community. Palmer’s will present a feel-good care kit for the attendees.
*Info: Future Dreams