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Rugby stars call for prostate checks

SUPPORTERS: Monye (left) with Care

PREMIERSHIP RUGBY players Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Tim Payne are among the celebrities backing a new campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

The men will be wearing custom fit mouth guards with The Prostate Cancer Charity’s distinctive blue man logo blue instead of their clubs’ traditional white.

The initiative, launched in association with leading mouth guard manufacturer OPRO, was unveiled on September 3 during the official start of the 2011/12 AVIVA Premiership season at Twickenham in London.

Monye who plays for Harlequins, urged more men to take their health seriously. He said “Blokes spend so much time on going to the gym and looking good but we don’t always pay such close attention to our health. With an issue like prostate cancer, which if caught early can be treated successfully.”

African Caribbean men are three times more likely than white men to develop prostate cancer.
“It really is something that we need to think about,” he said.

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