O's supporting 'It's Not a Game' Campaign This Weekend

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During Saturday’s home match against Sutton United, Leyton Orient will be supporting The North East London Cancer Alliance’s ‘It’s Not a Game’ campaign.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance cancer screenings and check-ups among men following a 22% drop in referrals between 2019 and 2020.

Diagnosing cancer early means that treatments are usually less invasive and toxic, and outcomes are better. Tomorrow’s matchday will be dedicated to spreading one key message;

“If you have symptoms that are not normal for you, make an appointment to see your GP.”

A recent study from Public Health England found that referrals for suspected cancer decreased during the pandemic and have been slow to recover, particularly for lung, colorectal and prostate cancer. There are now concerns that many cancer diagnoses have been missed or will be made late.

Colorectal Cancer

  • Men are less likely to participate in bowel cancer screening than women
  • Over half of the bowel cancers diagnosed in the UK are in men (56%)
  • Bowel screening is a quick test, done at home every two years
  • 63% of bowel cancers detected by screening are found at an early stage (stage I or II)
  • Bowel cancer screening reduces the risk of dying from bowel cancer by about 25%

Prostate Cancer

  • The most common cancer affecting men in the UK – accounting for about 26% of cancers diagnosed in men in 2017
  • About 1 in 8 White men will develop prostate cancer. For Black men this is 1 in 4
  • Survival rates for prostate cancer are good when it is diagnosed at the earliest stage with all men expected to survive their disease for five years or more

Lung Cancer

  • Lung cancer affects men and women equally
  • In north east London, suspected lung cancer referrals dropped during the lockdown and have been slower to recover than other tumour sites, particularly for men and older people

The Objectives of the Campaign

  • Increase earlier diagnosis of bowel, prostate and lung cancer in the male population of north east London, through raising awareness of symptoms and encouraging men to seek advice with worrying symptoms
  • Support NHS England’s long term plan to diagnose 75% of cancers at an early stage by 2028
  • Increase uptake of bowel screening for men in north east London
  • Improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities amongst men in north east London

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