Raising awareness crucial in helping to beat bowel cancer
This week, the football community is focusing on awareness of bowel cancer, its risks and symptoms.
Chopper, along with Alan Dunne, Shaun Cummings, David Forde, Aiden O'Brien and Carlos Edwards have all been doing their bit to raise awareness on social media over the past few days.
"We were told Stephen was too young to have bowel cancer, but it isn't just an older person's disease. You are never too young.
"I know you have all become much more familiar with the symptoms of prostate cancer and what to do about it through the club's partnership with Prostate Cancer UK last season.
"It's a similar message with regard to bowel cancer - if things have changed with your bowel habits, or you have a lump in your stomach or severe stomach pain, don't ignore it, see your doctor and get it checked out.
It might well be nothing too serious, but don't take the chance.
"The 'Know the Score' campaign unites various organisations committed to fighting bowel cancer, and with leading football personalities including former Millwall managers Mick McCarthy and Billy Bonds, lending their support, the aim is to spread the word to the sporting community.
"Thanks for taking the time and trouble to read this, and for your ongoing support of myself and my family. This is a great club and I'm proud of my association with Millwall."
One way to help tackle bowel cancer is to do things that can reduce your risk of developing the disease. Taking these steps doesn't definitely mean you won't develop cancer, but it helps to stack the odds in your favour:
• Maintain a healthy weight
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