Naman Julka-Anderson has published a groundbreaking clinical perspective on structural racism in the assessment of radiation skin reactions. Naman is an advanced therapeutic radiographer known for co-hosting Rad Chat, and supporting charities like Radiotherapy UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The article has been published in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, and offers practical solutions to change the way patients of colour are treated, including accurate consent forms that reflect different skin tones properly.
Announcing the news on his Twitter account, Naman wrote:
“For decades medical education, assessment tools and consent forms have looked at people of colour as something ‘other than white’ by showcasing visual changes such as ‘redness’ that is not appropriate for people of colour.
“The article and case study might make you feel uncomfortable but it’s time for allies, friends and the medical world to start fighting for these injustices with us. I hope this helps highlight the key differences in how skin reactions present across different skin tones.
“It’s time to push for change so that people of colour are treated fairly according to their skin tone and stamp out prejudice.”