Gregg Wallace took time out from the MasterChef kitchen to join impressionist Jon Culshaw in challenging men across the country to hold a Father’s Day barbeque - and start the fireside chats that could save a life.
In the week that Jeffrey Archer revealed that he had been treated for prostate cancer, the two Men United* stars teamed up with Prostate Cancer UK to film a wildlife spoof which they urge men to get their mates together for a “MAN v BBQ” grillathon. Adopting a reverential ‘David Attenborough’ tone, Jon narrates as a pride of males in their natural habitat - beer, bangers and barbies – bristle in alarm when the female of the species breaks cover with a plateful of salad.
One man dies every hour in the UK from prostate cancer and funds raised from the BBQs will pay for vital research to revolutionise how the disease is detected and treated - research that could help decode every man’s risk, save thousands of lives, and stop men having often unnecessary and invasive treatment.
Some men are more at risk than others from the disease, and holding a Man v BBQ is a Father’s Day excuse for families to ‘grill’ their Dad about his family history and to discuss whether their dads, brothers, or uncles should think about seeing the GP.
“Father’s Day is the ideal time to broach the subject with your Dad, and MAN v BBQ is the ideal place to do it, especially during the World Cup. Men who are over the age of 50, men of black ancestry, or those with a family history of the disease must all recognize that they face a higher risk of prostate cancer than other men. Then they can start those potentially life-saving conversations with their GPs about the next steps. Asking “How’s your father?” this Father’s Day shows how much you care and could be a life saver,” says Owen Sharp, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK and the man behind the Men United campaign.
Gregg Wallace says: “I'm a single dad and a family man. But I turn 50 this year and prostate cancer is something that every bloke my age needs to bear in mind. MAN v BBQ is great way of having fun whilst doing something very important. Invite your mates and do something to help each other be there in 20 years time.”
Prostate Cancer UK launched its Men United v Prostate Cancer campaign in January to redress historic neglect of the male-specific disease and to mobilise men in wising up to their shared risk of prostate cancer. Nearly 200,000 people have now signed up, plus over 100 celebrities, and the health charity wants more people to mark Father’s Day and Men’s Health Week by signing up.
“There's a great momentum behind the Prostate Cancer UK charity right now – it’s great to support the campaign of helping prostate cancer become just as visible an issue as breast cancer is. What better way to help the cause than by having a barbecue this summer and helping keep the focus on men's health.”
Jon and Gregg join Sir Michael Parkinson, who will present a BBC Lifeline Appeal for Prostate Cancer UK on Father’s Day, and comedian Bill Bailey who fronts the Men United campaign, in supporting the charity’s Father’s Day call for funds to change the landscape of men’s health.
“Father’s Day is the time to celebrate how precious Dads are to us. But we can make Father’s Day a moveable feast by hosting a MAN v BBQ any day this summer. The important thing is to do it, because prostate cancer kills over 10,000 men around the UK every year - not just dads, but granddads, friends, uncles, and brothers too. It can affect any man over 50 and often has no symptoms. This Father’s Day, join Men United, start the conversation about your Dad’s risk, and fire up a MAN v BBQ to help fund research into this devastating disease,” says Owen Sharp.
Visit www.prostatecanceruk.org/bbq to sign up. The first 50 people to sign up will receive a free limited edition Man v BBQ kit including chef’s hat, apron and plates. There are also prizes for the top fundraisers.
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About the risk research:
Prostate Cancer UK will fund research into prostate cancer risk, especially into a UK “risk calculator” for use by GPs. This could reduce unnecessary biopsies and treatments, and make sure that the men most likely to get aggressive prostate cancer are detected and treated early.
Prostate cancer risk calculators have already been developed in other countries. The charity wants to fund research that will develop those tools further, will work with the UK population, and will be acceptable to men, their doctors and the NHS. This tool will combine information about known prostate cancer risk factors - like family history, age, ethnicity and genetics - with results from a PSA test. This will mean that doctors can give a man a clearer idea about his risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. It should be ready to roll out across the NHS within the next five years.
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