For the second year in succession, Crystal Palace FC players, staff and the CPFC Foundation are supporting the 2012 Blue September campaign to raise awareness about cancers affecting men.
The Blue September campaign is brought to life by men, women and children from all walks of life painting their faces blue or wearing blue to show their support for raising awareness of cancer in men.
Foundation staff were also in attendance at the first ‘Talk Cancer’ pop-up shop in Croydon on Saturday 6th October in the Centrale Shopping Centre. The pop up shop runs from 28th September to 3rd November 2012.
This awareness is much needed as men are about 40% more likely to die of cancers than women. Through this display of support, men will hopefully begin to take preventative measures and seek medical advice at the first sign of change in their bodies.
Every year 154,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with cancer – and 81,000 die. Men are also 60% more likely to develop cancer, such as lung, bowel or bladder cancer and are 70% more likely to die from one of these cancers.
Eagles midfielder Owen Garvan said: “We need to encourage men to lead healthier lifestyles, to take up screening invitations and to present earlier when they have symptoms that could be due to cancer as earlier diagnosis can undoubtedly save lives. I strongly support Blue September.”
For further information on the Blue September campaign please visit www.blueseptember.org.