Our fixture today is our designated game for the 'Know The Score' campaign.
This April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and players and managers are backing the eighth annual Know the Score campaign.
Know the Score, supported by the Professional Footballers’ Association and League Managers Association, aims to raise awareness of bowel cancer signs and symptoms.
Bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most common cancer, with 41,200 new cases each year. It’s also the second biggest cancer killer. 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. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Over 95% of bowel cancer patients will survive the disease for five years or more if diagnosed at the earliest stage.
• If you’ve had bleeding from your bottom, blood in your stool 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 and 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.
The main aim of 'Know the Score' is to end the perception that bowel cancer only affects older people – in fact it affects men and women of any age.
Throughout football, ‘Star of Hope’ badges are being worn during the campaign, which is also supported by the Men’s Health Forum, The Bobby Moore Fund, Adam Stansfield Foundation, Beating Bowel Cancer, Bowel Cancer UK and Know the Score’s founding charity, the Mr Brightside Project.