NICE is committed to promoting equality, eliminating unlawful discrimination and fostering good relations between people with particular protected characteristics and others. In producing guidance and advice, NICE aims to comply fully with all legal obligations to: promote race and disability equality and equality of opportunity between men and women, eliminate unlawful discrimination on grounds of race, disability, age, sex, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity (including women post-delivery), sexual orientation, and religion or belief (these are protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010).
People with a diagnosis of cancer are protected under the Equality Act 2010 from the point of diagnosis. Older people and people of African-Caribbean and African family origin are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer. Transgender women may also remain at risk of developing prostate cancer. Age, race, sex and gender reassignment are all protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.