What are the most common cancers likely to be found in people of African descent?

Breast and bowel cancer are two of the most common cancers to affect people of African descent in the UK. Prostate cancer is also a cancer common in men. The risk of prostate is doubled in men of African and Caribbean descent compared to men of European descent.

The risk of cancers can be different based on the country or population you are from. People of African descent in other parts of the world may have different risks.

Although breast, bowel and prostate cancer are not usually hereditary, they can be sometimes. You should talk your GP if you are worried they may run in your family.