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Do it for Dad! - Cancer research Man Alive campaign

Thursday, June 12, 2003

‘Do it For Dad’

Local MP Meg Munn is urging people across South Yorkshire to ‘Do it for Dad’ and support Cancer Research UK men’s cancer awareness campaign - MAN ALIVE 2003.

The aim of Man Alive, which will be run from May 12 until June 15, 2003, is to raise more than £300,000 for research into the various cancers that can affect men, including testicular cancer and prostate cancer.

Meg Munn MP, whose own father, former Lord Mayor Reg Munn, died last year of prostate cancer is backing ‘Man Alive 2003’ in order to raise awareness among Sheffield men of all ages and encourage them to be more open about health issues.

Meg said "It will be Father’s Day on Sunday, what better time for us all to think about our fathers and their health."

Each year almost 130,000 men are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. The most common cancer in men is lung cancer followed by prostate, bowel and testicular cancer.

Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research organisation, supports a broad programme of research into each of these cancers, covering their causes and development, prevention, early detection, treatment and quality of life of patients - funded entirely by public support and donations.

Other star supporters of Man Alive 2003 include Pop Idol’s Simon Cowell, former Rugby Football Player of the Year, Martin Bayfield, actor Timothy West, TV presenter Michael Aspel, comedians and TV presenters Graham Norton and Harry Hill, Alan Titchmarsh and the actor best known as Victor Meldrew - Richard Wilson.

Timothy West, who also lost his father to prostate cancer, says: "We are learning all the time about the different forms of cancer that can affect us and those we love - and it’s essential that we go on learning. Research into prevention, early detection, diagnosis and forms of treatment is only possible through campaigns like Cancer Research UK’s Man Alive 2003. So please give this campaign your fullest support."

Richard Dunwoody, who was named Champion Jockey three times during a glittering career, says: "All men are vulnerable to cancer and I have seen too many friends and sporting colleagues die from the disease. Men are often reluctant to talk about their health - that has to change if we are to conquer cancer."

Sir Cliff Richard adds: "Living healthily has always been something that's important to me and I applaud Cancer Research UK for spreading this message and encouraging men to start talking about such important issues."

Dr Lesley Walker, Director of Cancer Information at Cancer Research UK, says: "There are so many ways you can get involved in Man Alive 2003 to help raise funds for vital research. Our doctors and scientists are making great advances in tackling cancers that affect 130,000 men each year, giving hope to them and their families. Help us to continue this life-saving work and register for your Man Alive fundraising pack today."

You can get a Man Alive 2003 fundraising pack simply by calling the hotline number - 08701 602040, or registering online at www.canceresearchuk.org/manalive.

 


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