Premiership rugby players including Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Tim Payne are backing a new campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer this season. They will don 'The Blue' -- a custom fit OPRO mouthguard which will include Prostate Cancer UK's logo instead of the traditional club design mouthguards.
Ugo Monye of Harlequins explains: "Blokes spend so much time going to the gym and looking good but we don't always pay such close attention to our health. We must be aware of prostate cancer, which if caught early can be treated successfully. I didn't know that African Caribbean men are three times* more likely to develop the disease than white men -- it really is something that we need to think about."
Teammate Danny Care said: "Any man over the age of 50 needs to be particularly aware of prostate cancer. I would encourage all men concerned about the disease to face their fears and go and see their GP, or call Prostate Cancer UK's Helpline to find out more. It is time to put yourself, and your health, first."
Leading mouthguard manufacturer OPRO have created the mouthguards, which will be worn by the likes of Charlie Hodgson, Schalk Brits, Ollie Kohn, Tom Homer, Luke Fielden and George Robson, who are already showing support for the campaign. Fans can also back the move and raise funds by ordering their very own custom fit or OPROshield version from www.prostateRFC.org.uk.
Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: "It is fantastic to see the world of rugby getting together to help tackle such an important men's health issue. Despite being the most common cancer in men, prostate cancer remains a disease that many men are reluctant to confront. We must challenge this so we can begin to reduce the number of men dying from this disease every year. We are excited to be getting this message to men through the rugby pitch, and what better way than to hear it -- or should I say, see it -- than from the mouths of top players."
Richard Evans, Sales Director at OPRO said: "We are delighted to be working with Prostate Cancer UK. Both the rugby and sporting worlds have lost many great individuals to this disease, and we hope that by linking up we will not only be able to provide some valuable exposure about the disease itself but also raise much needed funds for those living with prostate cancer."
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