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Linford Christie and Chuka Umunna join men's health drive

STARTING CONVERSATIONS: Prostate Cancer UK is going on the road to raise awareness

PROSTATE CANCER UK is waging a war on the deadly disease by encouraging black men to go for check-ups and spread knowledge about the killer condition which disproportionately affects African and Caribbean men in the UK.

Sports personalities David Haye, Linford Christie and Viv Anderson join MP Chuka Umunna in sharing why they think it's important for black men to be aware of the dangers of prostate cancer.

David Haye

“The fight against prostate cancer is one that we can all win if we stand up to the facts and take action before it’s too late. The problem is that not enough of us are talking about the disease.

"As a black man, not only am I more likely to get prostate cancer, I’m more likely to get it younger.

"This disease can be treated if it’s caught early, so don’t let pride get in the way. If you’re black and over 45, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer. Don’t wait for any warning signs. Don’t let prostate cancer knock you out.”

Linford Christie

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“Up until very recently, I knew nothing at all about prostate cancer, and I certainly didn’t know that black men are more likely to get the disease – the odds are really against us.

“Prostate cancer is still a taboo subject in our community – we simply don’t discuss it – people are too embarrassed. But, it’s time we all face the facts. Talk about it with your dads, brothers, husbands and friends.

"Be self-aware, know your risk and know what to do about it.

“Together we can stop men dying from this disease.”

Chuka Umunna

“As a black man, I not only have a much higher risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer than a white man the same age, I am also in greater danger of dying from it.

“My constituency represents one of the biggest African and Caribbean communities in the country and I want to make sure every black man is wise to his risk and does something about it.”

Viv Anderson

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“Despite my friends being of a similar age to me, health is not a subject that tends to come up in conversation. I think we feel too embarrassed to talk about ourselves and so we avoid the subject all together. But, prostate cancer is something that all men need to be aware of – especially black men.

“I want to spend as much time as I can with my children and so my health is incredibly important to me.

“Being aware of your risk of prostate cancer and confronting it could save your life.”

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