We want men to Tell Us The Score

We’re encouraging men to open up to a brother, boss, mate or Macmillan about cancer and Tell Us The Score.

Why talking matters

While men represent 51% of people diagnosed with cancer, only 37% of the calls to the Macmillan Support Line come from men. This means that men are missing out and aren’t asking for, or getting, the essential support they need from us.

We know that men find talking about cancer hard. You might worry about how your diagnosis will affect your loved ones. You may have questions about your rights at work, your symptoms, or your money worries. Or you might want someone to talk to, even though you feel under pressure to ‘man up’ and stuff your emotions down.

As you can see from Julian’s cancer experience, talking about what you’re going through can take away some of the strain and be very helpful. We encourage you to start opening up about cancer and ask for support if you need it.

If you need someone to talk to, our Support Line is open 7 days a week, 8am-8pm on 0808 808 00 00. You can also join our Online Community (open 24/7), where people with cancer and their loved ones share their experiences and support each other.

Tell Us The Score campaign 2020

This year, our Tell Us The Score campaign runs from 2-8 November. We're raising awareness with our corporate partners of the millions of men living with cancer in the UK.

With the help of their male customers and employees, we’re encouraging more men to Tell Us The Score. And of course, to ask for support if they need it.

This year, the Tell Us The Score campaign will be on a smaller scale and completely digital. However, we have big plans for a full-scale campaign in June 2021. 

At Macmillan, we know how essential it is to raise awareness among men and we’re dedicated to making sure our campaign does not stop.

We're helping men to talk

Justin and Matt having a conversation in a car.

Justin and Matt

Justin was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2016. He talks to his friend Matt about his experience, his ‘Ball Voyage Party’ and why he wishes he’d spoken to a doctor sooner.

Justin and Matt

Justin was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2016. He talks to his friend Matt about his experience, his ‘Ball Voyage Party’ and why he wishes he’d spoken to a doctor sooner.

A picture of two men in a barbers talking about their experiences of coping when a loved one has cancer

Chris and Sam

When their loved ones were diagnosed with cancer, Chris and Sam’s worlds changed. They had to find ways to cope to support themselves and the people they loved.

Chris and Sam

When their loved ones were diagnosed with cancer, Chris and Sam’s worlds changed. They had to find ways to cope to support themselves and the people they loved.

Kiwi and Jonjo, men with cancer, discuss talking about their emotions.

Kiwi and Jonjo

Kiwi and Jonjo had different views on talking about cancer. Kiwi found it difficult, and Jonjo was very open. In this video, they speak about why talking is so important for men.

Kiwi and Jonjo

Kiwi and Jonjo had different views on talking about cancer. Kiwi found it difficult, and Jonjo was very open. In this video, they speak about why talking is so important for men.

Amuz talking about men and cancer. Press the play button to watch the video.

Luke, Adam and Amuz's story

Luke, Adam and Amuz found it difficult talking to loved ones about cancer. In this video, they talk about getting support and why it's okay to ask for help.

Luke, Adam and Amuz's story

Luke, Adam and Amuz found it difficult talking to loved ones about cancer. In this video, they talk about getting support and why it's okay to ask for help.

Ways we can help

  • Financial help

    If cancer makes money a worry we’re here for you. Our advisers can help if you’re finding it hard to pay the bills or cover extra costs.

  • Work and cancer

    Whether you're an employee, carer, business or manager we offer support and information about work and cancer.

  • Coping with cancer

    There are lots of issues you might face during or after cancer treatment. We offer advice on how to cope.

  • Talking about cancer

    If you have cancer, or know someone who has, we have advice on how to talk about it.

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