A SPORTS television presenter from Hartlepool has backed a national campaign to raise awareness for prostate cancer.
Pools fan Jeff Stelling, who is a presenter on Sky’s Soccer Saturday football programme, is throwing his support behind the Men United campaign launched today by Prostate Cancer UK, a leading force for men’s health.
Jeff and the charity aim to boost awareness of how men can and should talk to their friends about health issues as it could ultimately save their lives, and also help them through a difficult time.
Statistics show that 61 per cent would turn to a pal for emotional support if they were diagnosed with prostate cancer, which is expected to become the most common form of cancer by 2030.
Jeff said: “We all know people that have suffered from prostate cancer.
“It is great to be part of Men United to raise awareness of such a fantastic cause.”
“If you can’t confide in your mates, who can you confide in? If you think you have an issue, tell your mate and you can do it together.”
Owen Sharp, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “It’s incredibly encouraging to see that health is now a regular topic of conversation between men and their friends.
“These results indicate that the days of men burying their heads in the sand are behind us and we’re moving into an era when they not only feel able to talk about their own health, but will stand up for it – not just for themselves, but also for their mates.”
Results also found that half of men over 50 – the largest group at risk of prostate cancer – say they have fewer close friends as they get older.
It highlights the need for middle-aged men specifically to work at their friendships so that they maintain a strong support network for the time in their lives when they might face prostate cancer.
People are being urged to search Men United on the internet, and sign up to back the scheme.