The club are raising awareness of bowel cancer.
Albion in the Community (AITC) and Brighton & Hove Albion are both supporting the Know the Score campaign in a bid to further raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer.
Know the Score was launched in 2011 by the Mr Brightside Project with the simple aim of encouraging all bowel cancer charities to work together to raise awareness of the disease.
Backed by the Professional Footballers’ Association, League Managers’ Association and the Bobby Moore Fund, Know the Score has gone from strength to strength and now has backing of all the major bowel cancer charities, as well as football clubs up and down the country.
Brighton & Hove Albion are one of the many clubs to support the campaign and tonight’s game with Fulham has been designated as the club’s Know the Score match.
Know the Score dovetails well with AITC’s own cancer awareness campaign, Speak Up Against Cancer, which has been raising awareness of the symptoms of different types of cancer among supporters and throughout Brighton and Hove.
Like Know the Score, its most recent work has been in the area of bowel cancer and the importance of early detection in improving chances of successful treatment.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in the UK, but when caught at its earliest stage, nine in ten people will survive the disease for five years or more.
AITC’s health team has been encouraging supporters to learn the early signs of bowel cancer. These include blood in your faeces, looser faeces or a persistent change in bowel habit, a feeling that you haven’t emptied your bowel properly after going to the toilet, a pain or lump in your stomach, and weight loss for no obvious reason.
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The campaign received some high-profile support from Stephanie Moore, whose late husband Bobby Moore led England to triumph in 1966, but later died from the condition aged just 51.
She launched the Bobby Moore Fund in partnership with Cancer Research UK in 1993 and has been campaigning to raise awareness of the disease ever since.
She said: “If diagnosed at its earliest stage, five-year relative survival is more than 95%.
“So, do your screening kit when it arrives, know the symptoms and make sure you see your GP if you notice any changes. It could just save your life."
It was a sentiment echoed by Albion legend Bobby Zamora, who urged fans to visit the GP if they notice any bowel cancer symptoms.
He said: “Cancer affects so many of us but you can stay ahead of the game by knowing the signs and symptoms.
“The earlier you pick up on cancer symptoms, the more likely you are to be successfully treated. In the case of bowel cancer you can massively improve your chances just by speaking up early.
“My advice to Albion fans is to look for and talk to your GP if you’re worried. It could save your life.”
Further information on the Know the Score campaign, visit www.knowthescore.org.uk or to learn the symptoms of bowel cancer and more about AITC’s work locally, visit www.speakupagainstcancer.org.
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