18 January 2010
Cancertalk Week 2010
Ray Winstone, Ricky Gervais, Marco Pierre White, and Trevor Nelson are just some of the celebrities sharing their biggest 'clangers' in a humorous new video to support Macmillan Cancer Support’s Cancertalk Week, 18-24 January .
The famous men all talk about the most embarrassing time they said something they shouldn’t have, in a bid to show that there are some times you really shouldn’t open your mouth - but Cancertalk Week isn’t one of them.
With men 40% 1 more likely to die from cancer than women and 16% more likely to get cancer in the first place, it’s time men stopped the stiff upper lip and started to speak up.
As ‘hard man’ actor Ray Winstone says:
'I’m so glad to offer my support to Macmillan’s Cancertalk Week. Men sometimes leave the talking to women when it comes to health concerns so it’s great that Macmillan is encouraging us men to get help. Cancer is really hard on the whole family, and being able to speak to someone who knows what they’re talking about, and can tell us what’s what, is brilliant.'
Macmillan offers no nonsense, practical and private advice and, maybe best of all, you can simply get this over the phone or via Macmillan’s website. You can even chat to other men who are affected by cancer too. Simply visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00.
Tim Riley, 42 who has Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma says:
'I think whether it's you or a loved one who has cancer, it is vital for men to open up too and talk about how they feel. Men often find it hard to talk and sometimes all they want is practical help, or just to chat to someone else going through the same thing. Speaking up makes you feel better, my wife Melanie was fantastic and so were Macmillan. Even after treatment you go through so many emotions and stresses - so ditching the tough guy image is vital.'
Macmillan Cancer Information Nurse, Stuart Danskin talks to cancer patients daily on Macmillan’s phoneline. He says:
'Men often feel they need to be the strong ones and often keep quiet about how they are really feeling. This can make dealing with their cancer even tougher, which is why we are urging them to get in touch during Cancertalk Week. Men can talk privately to Macmillan nurses and other advisers about how things are going, their worries and concerns and get practical, no nonsense advice and support.'
If you want to talk about cancer Macmillan can help. Visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0808 808 00 00
** Case studies and spokespeople available**
For further information, please contact:
Macmillan press office - Tel: 0207 840 7821
Notes to Editors
Cancertalk Week is from 18-24 January. This year it is focusing on encouraging men to get the help and support they need when coping with cancer.
The full list of celebrities taking part are: Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais, actor Ray Winstone, actor Jason Flemyng, TV presenter Tim Lovejoy, DJ Trevor Nelson, chef Marco Pierre White, actor Peter Capaldi, comedian Ed Byrne, and TV presenters Ben Shepherd, and Andrew Castle.
The video is available at: www.macmillan.org.uk/cancertalkweek
1 Figures taken from research by Kings College London, Macmillan Cancer Support and National Cancer Intelligence Network, Cancer Prevalence in the UK 2008.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support is the UK’s leading cancer support charity. We provide practical, emotional and financial support. We help people affected by cancer get in contact with others via www.macmillan.org.uk/community .
We fund over 4,000 specialist health care professionals and we have over 175 cancer care centres. We have over 900 cancer self help groups.