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Know The Score

18 April 2014

U's back bowel cancer charity.

In 2012, the Star of Hope badge, the national bowel cancer symbol, was introduced and this year, the Mr Brightside Project, in partnership with the Bobby Moore fund, the Adam Stansfield Foundation, Beating Bowel Cancer, Bowel Cancer UK, the Men’s Health Forum and the Professional Footballers Association, are again combining to spread the word about the second highest cause of cancer death in the UK.

The “Know the Score” campaign is back again this year, having launched in 2011 to raise awareness of bowel cancer - and Colchester United and Oldham Athletic are backing the campaign at their Good Friday fixture.

Over 40,000 men and women of all ages are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year, with a knock-on effect on a quarter of the population. During every football match, 7 people will be diagnosed with the disease – and 3 of them will die.

All of our partners are calling for people to stand up against the disease! 

The campaign kicks off during Bowel Cancer month in April between 12th and 21st, when it is hoped that awareness will be promoted via an advert in Premier League and Football League clubs matchday programmes and on websites.

A poster featuring England Players Jack Wilshere and Rachel Yankey OBE, Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy and former West Ham United Legend Billy Bonds will be sent to all clubs and people both inside and outside the game.

Selected teams throughout the country will warm up in campaign t-shirts prior to their league games, along with mascots and ballboys. The Professional Footballers Association and the League Managers Association have requested their members wear the National Bowel Cancer symbol, the Star of Hope, during this period.

Know your body!
Bowel cancer can affect men and women of all ages. So get to know your body and if you notice any of the following and they last longer than three weeks, make an appointment to see your GP:  

• Bleeding from the bottom without any obvious reason
• A persistent change in bowel habit to looser or more frequent bowel movements
• A lump in your tummy or tummy pain, especially if it’s severe 

Chances are it won’t be cancer, but it’s better to play safe.

As well as spotting it early, one way to help tackle bowel cancer is to do things that can reduce your risk of developing the disease. Taking these steps doesn’t definitely mean you won’t develop cancer, but it helps to stack the odds in your favour:

• Maintain a healthy weight
• Be physically active
• Cut down on alcohol
• Be a non-smoker
• Eat a healthy, balanced diet that’s high in fibre and low in red and processed meat 

It’s important to…

• Take part in bowel cancer screening when invited
• Take steps to reduce your risk of the disease
• Be aware of changes in your body and report them to a doctor more information -  

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