Reading help raise Bowl cancer awareness this AprilThis April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, and Reading football club, as well as players and managers throughout the Football League are supporting the fifth annual Know the Score campaign.
Before our game away at Bolton Wanderers, the Royals wore Special Know the Score t-Shirts to support the campaign and help try and raise awareness amongst fans and the general public.
We will also be supporting the campaign in our matchday programme 'The Royal' on Tuesday evening, so make sure you pick up a copy to learn more about Know the Score.
Bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most common cancer, with 41,000 new cases each year. It’s also the second biggest cause of cancer death. Every 90 minutes three people die of the disease. That’s 44 people each day - the equivalent to four football teams - but it needn’t be that way.
• If you’ve had bleeding from your bottom, blood in your poo or suffered a persistent change in bowel habit that has lasted three weeks or more, especially if you’ve been going to the toilet more often or experiencing unexplained looser stools, tell your doctor. Other symptoms include: a pain or lump in your stomach; feeling extremely tired for no obvious reason; unexplained weight loss.
• 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, we know that when it’s diagnosed at the earliest stage, more than 9 in 10 people will survive their disease for five years or more, compared with less than 1 in 10 people when diagnosed at the latest stage. A trip to your doctor could save your life.
Royals boss, Brian McDermott, has also been supporting Know the Score and has been wearing a special ‘Star of Hope’ pin badge to raise awareness for the cause during games and in his post-match interviews in the last couple of weeks, and will be again when Reading welcome Hull on Tuesday evening.
Know the Score is supported by the Professional Footballers’ Association, League Managers Association, the Men’s Health Forum and leading bowel cancer charities click here to visit their website.