This season we are working with Fulham FC, as one of their official charity partners, to raise money to help beat prostate cancer and to raise the profile of the disease amongst Fulham fans. On Friday 10 April the club is supporting us to raise money during their home match against Wigan Athletic.

Ahead of the game, we asked Fulham fans what they knew about prostate cancer and the cause. Here are the results.

10 Apr 2015

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We asked Fulham FC fans how much they knew about prostate cancer and whether they had been affected by it. Here are the results of our survey.

  • Over half of fans knew someone that has been diagnosed with prostate cancer (53%). In the UK, 21% know someone who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer (1 in 5).

Catching prostate cancer early or late can be the difference between life and death, so being aware of the risk factors is key to tackling this disease.

A third of male Fulham fans (33%) are not aware of their risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer and 78% of male Fulham fans at higher than average risk of prostate cancer are unaware of their increased risk.

  • 62% of Fulham fans knew family history of prostate cancer increases a man's risk of developing prostate cancer. This is higher awareness than the UK figure of 47%.
  • Only 37% of Fulham fans knew that being 50 or over increases a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer, which is less than the UK figure of 40%.
  • Just 8% of Fulham fans knew that Black ethnicity increases a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. This is higher than the UK figure of 5%.

Our ambition as part of the partnership with Fulham FC is to raise awareness of prostate cancer risk amongst fans. We’ll be doing this through activity at matches, engagement through the website and social media and encouraging the club and its staff to promote the message.

In the build up to our match day in April, we've worked with lifelong Fulham Bob and his daughter Rebecca.

We’ll conduct a survey at the end of the partnership to check whether the message has got home to Fulham fans.

References

UK data:

YouGov for Prostate Cancer UK. Figures from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2864 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 13th January and 4th February 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+). 2014. Available from: http://prostatecanceruk.org/public-awareness.

Fulham fans data:

Prostate Cancer UK. Total sample size was 182 Fulham fans, or which 92 were men at higher than average risk of prostate cancer (over 50, Black ethnicity and/or a family history of prostate cancer in a father/brother). Fieldwork was undertaken between 8 December 2014 and 6 January 2015. The survey was carried out online. 2015. 

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