April was Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and players, managers and personalities from the world of professional football showed their support for the fifth annual Know the Score campaign.
Know the Score ran from 9-19 April and saw clubs, charities and governing bodies, including the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and League Managers Association (LMA), unite to raise awareness of bowel cancer signs and symptoms. Bowel cancer is the second biggest cause of cancer death in the UK, and research has shown early diagnosis is key to survival.
Watford striker Troy Deeney, a Know the Score 2016 ambassador, said: “I would urge anyone who thinks they may have symptoms of bowel cancer to visit their doctor as soon as possible. You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting it checked out. If it’s not serious, your mind will be eased, but if it is bowel cancer, research suggests that over 90% of patients will survive the disease for more than five years if diagnosed at the earliest stage.”
Thousands of ‘Star of Hope’ badges were distributed to support the Know the Score, which is the brainchild of former Millwall, Charlton and QPR goalkeeper Nicky Johns. He lost his son, Stephen, to bowel cancer in 2008, aged just 26. The 2016 campaign also marked six years since the popular former Exeter, Yeovil and Hereford striker Adam Stansfield died from bowel cancer at the age of 31.
Teams and match officials also supported the campaign by wearing Know the Score t-shirts while warming up before games.
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