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14 April 2015

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.
You will have seen managers up and down the country wearing the 'Know the Score' badges at the weekend, and Lions boss Neil Harris will be joining them on Tuesday evening when Millwall host Wigan Athletic.

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.
And former Lions keeper Nicky Johns now devotes much of his time to educating people about bowel cancer - and with good reason.

Nicky lost his son, Stephen, to the disease at the age of just 26, and he has a simple message for every Millwall fan: 
"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
• Be physically active
• Cut down on alcohol
• Be a non-smoker
• Eat a healthy, balanced diet that is high in fibre and low in red and processed meat
It's important to…
• Take part in bowel cancer screening when invited
• Take steps to reduce your risk of the disease
• Be aware of changes in your body and report them to a doctor

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