Breast Cancer Care and The Prostate Cancer Charity have today been unveiled as the official charities for the 2012 Virgin London Marathon

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Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: "To be selected as the official charities of the Virgin London Marathon, especially in the Olympic year, is a great honour for both our organisations. Prostate and breast cancers are the most common cancers in men and women, respectively, in the UK. Not only will the marathon enable us to raise significant funds, it will also help put the causes firmly in the spotlight, and reach thousands of people who may be affected by these diseases. We look forward to working with Breast Cancer Care. I'd encourage people across the UK to join 'Team PB' to take on the marathon for us in 2012, a special year and a special event."

Speaking about the news, Breast Cancer Care's Samia al Qadhi said, "Over 750,000 people are liv-ing with either breast or prostate cancer in the UK right now. That's a lot of people who need our help and why we are so excited to have been chosen as the official charities. The money we raise will be used to create a new service which will directly benefit people who have experienced either breast or prostate cancer."

The charities will come together to create TeamPB for the 2012 Marathon offering a unique pro-gramme of support and encouragement from a team of mentors including celebrities, professional runners and trainers. Runners will also be offered a series of incentives to help them get the most from their training and fundraising.

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