The Croydon cancer conference 2022

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A conference aiming to address racial disparities within cancer support,
raise the voices of marginalised communities and emphasise the importance of equality in healthcare

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Wednesday
30 November 2022
9:30 am – 5 pm
St Mary Conference Centre
70 Wellesley Road
Croydon, CR0 2AR

Your complimentary pass includes

  • High-value live guest speaker sessions
  • Welcome pack, seminar materials, and a gift bag
  • Practical workshops and networking
  • Refreshments and hot buffet lunch
  • ... and more!
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Our speakers

Lorna Jones

Certified Trichologist, hair loss and scalp specialist, qualified from the International Association of Trichologists. Set up her own clinic, Caring for Hair, in London where she is now based.

Luke John (LJ) Madalura

Aspiring podcaster, content creator and motivational speaker helping young people of today learn the effects of cancer, understand themselves and how to navigate the world we live in.

Judith Neptial

Award winning social entrepreneur determined to eliminate healthcare inequality for black African and Caribbean people who faced cancer.

Errol McKellar MBE

One of Prostate Cancer UK's top ambassadors, he is fronting the Stronger Knowing More campaign to promote PSA testing for black men. Errol also raises prostate cancer awareness as a Go Dad Run ambassador.

Dr Marlene Ellis

Professional copywriter who supports online black businesses. Founder of Black Breast Cancer website providing books, movies, documentaries, podcasts and testimonial links for people of African heritage impacted by breast cancer.

Lisa-Lyna Ofosu-Asare

Health Improvement Specialist for Bowel Cancer at St George’s hospital. For over 7 years Lisa-Lyna has been raising awareness around the importance of people taking part in their Bowel Cancer Screening Tests.

Jeff Thompson

Jeff was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018. Having recovered after a near-death experience, he advocates for more psychological and physical care for black men after prostate cancer diagnosis.

Babbin John

Consultant urologist in Croydon and St George’s Hospitals. Qualified in 2012 after gaining the Royal College of Surgeons Fellowship, then pelvic cancer trained at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Baljit Vohra RN

BSc (Critical care Nursing), Dip Cancer Nursing, Non-medical prescriber and MSc in Health Policy. Baljit is currently the Lead Cancer Nurse for Croydon Health Services. She has worked with Cancer patients for 22 years.

Dellasie Avorkliyah

Diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2019, Dee has used her personal experience to raise awareness and promote testing within the young black community. She has supported several campaigns and has been featured in the UK Cosmopolitan.

Lorna Jones

Certified Trichologist, hair loss and scalp specialist, qualified from the International Association of Trichologists. Set up her own clinic, Caring for Hair, in London where she is now based.

Luke John (LJ) Madalura

Aspiring podcaster, content creator and motivational speaker helping young people of today learn the effects of cancer, understand themselves and how to navigate the world we live in.

Judith Neptial

Award winning social entrepreneur determined to eliminate healthcare inequality for black African and Caribbean people who faced cancer.

Errol McKellar MBE

One of Prostate Cancer UK's top ambassadors, he is fronting the Stronger Knowing More campaign to promote PSA testing for black men. Errol also raises prostate cancer awareness as a Go Dad Run ambassador.

Dr Marlene Ellis

Professional copywriter who supports online black businesses. Founder of Black Breast Cancer, a resource site providing books, movies, documentaries, podcasts and testimonial links for people of African heritage impacted by breast cancer.

Lisa-Lyna Ofosu-Asare

Health Improvement Specialist for Bowel Cancer at St George’s hospital. For over 7 years Lisa-Lyna has been raising awareness around the importance of people taking part in their Bowel Cancer Screening Tests.

Jeff Thompson

Jeff was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018. Having recovered after a near-death experience, he advocates for more psychological and physical care for men – especially black men – after prostate cancer diagnosis.

John Babbin

Consultant urologist in Croydon and St George’s Hospitals. Qualified in 2012 after gaining the Royal College of Surgeons Fellowship, then pelvic cancer trained at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Stall holders

If you would like to have a stall at the conference, please email: info@bmeforum.org

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for organisations to meet face-to-face with the community and network with other local organisations, in a space where you will have the time to talk through the services and support your organisation offers.

Workshops

Afro Hair and Cancer

Lorna Jones

We will explore what happens  to hair that has been affected by cancer treatment including looking at how it grows, what can happen during hair loss and how to manage this.

Breast Cancer

Dr Marlene Ellis and Croydon Health services NHS Trust

We will look at the profile of black women with breast cancer from a global, social and cultural perspective in order to think through how to engage with our doctors and what we can do for ourselves.

Information, Advice and Guidance Workshop

Macmillan Team

No Question is a silly question. This workshop will be open for everyone to ask questions to the Macmillan team, including finance, benefits and grants

Prostate Cancer

Errol McKellar MBE, Jeff Thompson, Kris and Annette – Cancer Advance Nurse Practitioners

We will briefly touch on how an early diagnosis is important and the screening process for this. We will also discuss local services and support available and highlight the benefits of men accessing these, once a diagnosis has been made.

Bowel Cancer

Lisa-Lyna Ofosu-Asare

During this session we will discuss what bowel cancer is, raise awareness of risk factors and the early signs/symptoms, which should prompt someone to book a GP appointment. We will also clarify the screening process, with particular emphasis on how to use a home testing kit.

Cancer & Loss: Understanding Bereavement and Compassionate Chats

Malcolm Gill, St. Christopher’s Hospice

We will look at what loss is and how we might experience it; we will also explore different types of loss. Everyone will have an opportunity to speak freely or ask questions about death, dying and loss in a safe confidential space.

Afro Hair and Cancer

Lorna Jones

We will explore what happens  to hair that has been affected by cancer treatment including looking at how it grows, what can happen during hair loss and how to manage this.

Breast Cancer

To be confirmed

We will look at the profile of black women with breast cancer from a global, social and cultural perspective in order to think through how to engage with our doctors and what we can do for ourselves.

Prostate Cancer

To be confirmed

More to follow...

Bowel Cancer

To be confirmed

More to follow...

Understanding Bereavement and Compassionate Chats

To be confirmed

More to follow...

Venue

St Mary Conference Centre
70 Wellesley Road
Croydon, CR0 2AR

The following public transport lines have routes that pass near St Mary’s Catholic Church:

  • Bus: 154, 264, 468, 50, 75
  • Train: OVERGROUND, SOUTHERN, THAMESLINK
  • Tramlink: TRAM

The venue does not offer parking. Parking is available five minutes away at the Whitgift Open Air Car Park. Its postcode is CR9 1AT.

Contact us

To get in touch with us, email info@bmeforum.org or call 020 8684 3719.
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