West Ham boss backing fight against prostate cancer
PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 September 2017
Deadly cancer kills one man every 45 minutes
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has joined forces with a host of top football managers to give the most vital team talks of their careers, after chilling statistics showed prostate cancer kills one man every 45 minutes.
Premier League bosses Bilic, Sean Dyche (Burnley), Mark Hughes (Stoke City), Chris Hughton (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City) have teamed up with their counterparts from the English Football League (EFL), League Manager’s Association (LMA) and Prostate Cancer UK.
Together they are delivering passionate messages as part of a high-profile campaign to tackle the most common cancer in men.
Shocking figures show that two men will die during the length of a football match, reinforcing the need to take action now against the disease.
As well as speaking out about the issue, football managers, many of whom have been directly affected by the disease, will be wearing Prostate Cancer UK’s iconic ‘man of Men’ pin badge on the touchline during the 2017/18 campaign as the leading men’s charity cranks up the serious message.
Bilic said: “For many, 90 minutes seems like a lifetime – but just imagine the shocking statistic that two men will die in that time from prostate cancer. That’s unacceptable.
“330,000 men – enough to fill London Stadium five times over – are living with the disease in the UK. The fight back starts now.
“Statistics are a massive part of the game now, but hearing the news that one man will die every 45 minutes was shocking.
“We can turn this round, however, but we need to do it together. Show your support by wearing one of the Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ pin badges – just like me - and help stop prostate cancer being a killer.”
Angela Culhane, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “For many years now Prostate Cancer UK has teamed up with the football family and seeing so many managers proudly wearing our Man of Men pin badge sends out a really passionate message about what we stand for.
“These managers deliver crucial team talks every matchday, and we are proud to stand side by side with them against the deadliest opponent of all, prostate cancer.”
To show your support and get a Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ pin badge to wear with pride, text BADGE to 70004 to donate £5* and help stop prostate cancer being a killer. For information about the badge and the charity’s work in football visit prostatecanceruk.org/whostheman.
* Text costs £5 plus network charge. Prostate Cancer UK receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payers permission.