Many men notoriously think that if they ignore symptoms they will just go away. They don’t if they are the early signs of cancer! Blue September aims to get men to face up to their problems.
Blue September is back for 2012. After a launch in 2011, the campaign has picked up its brush once again to paint the UK blue.
This year, as first time bluers, we are linking up with NHS Bury CAPED (Community action to promote early detection of cancer) to help raise awareness of cancers such as bowel, testicular, prostate, lung and bladder cancer to promote the importance of early detection across Bury.
Men are about 40% more likely to die of cancer than women. Blue September will urge men to take preventative measures and seek medical advice at the first sign of change in their bodies.
• In Bury, 251 men died from cancer in 2010.
• Around 450 men were diagnosed with cancer.
• Men are particularly more likely to develop and die from cancer, such as lung, bowel or bladder cancer
• If detected early, 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with bowel cancer will survive.
Dr. Peter Elton, Director of Public Health NHS Bury said “One in three of us will develop cancer. It is vital that men know the early signs and symptoms and then go to their doctor straight away”
Brian Fenton, Chairman of Bury Football Club said:
“Male cancers affect thousands of people across the UK every single day and I’m proud that Bury Football Club can support Blue September and help save men’s lives.
I would encourage Bury FC fans and the people of Bury to get involved with this nationwide campaign to increase awareness of all mens’ cancers.”
Last week, the Bury CAPED team with a colleague from the NHS Bowel screening team visited Gigg Lane and gave players, staff, club chairman, the leader and the chief executive of the council, a tour of the inflatable bowel so that they could learn more about bowel cancer and show their support for Blue September.
During Saturdays match, Robby the Bobby will be going ‘blue’ and the CAPED team are on hand all day to offer information and advice. So please do go and see them if you have any questions or concerns about cancer.
Please visit www.blueseptember.org.uk
to see more of what the UK is doing to get behind Blue September. You too can support the cause through events and donations on the website.