4 September 2017
From Love Island’s Chris and Kem to Big Brother’s Sam and Jordan, this summer has been jam packed with bromances, sharing heart to hearts and revealing all to their new-found bestie. But according to new stats from Macmillan Cancer Support and partner Greene King, despite a trend for opening up, 18% of guys are still opting to keep health worries to themselves.
The new findings from the charity revealed that, when asked, more than a sixth of men admitted that they wouldn’t discuss health issues with their friends at all. However, it’s not all bad news, as the research also shows that almost a quarter of men (23%) would be comfortable talking about health issues with friends down the pub – choosing the face to face approach over Whatsapp (5%).
And it’s not just men who prefer speaking up face to face. The survey of over 2,000 Brits by ICM also revealed that more than half of people in the UK (59%) agree that they find it easier to open up to friends and family over a drink or meal.
These new findings demonstrate the importance of sparking these conversations – which is why the charity is encouraging men to seek information and support at macmillan.org.uk either for themselves or in order to provide support to loved ones.
Original ‘pub landlord’ Al Murray says: 'In my experience, talking about issues such as health can help remove worry and lead to action – which is why I’m encouraging men to get together and share their concerns.'
Since partnering with Macmillan in 2012, pub retailer and brewer Greene King has raised £3 million for the charity to help people living with cancer. The company hopes that raising awareness of these new findings will encourage discussions around men’s health and highlight the importance of talking about their wellbeing.
Dr Anthony Cunliffe, Macmillan GP Adviser says: ‘Previous research shows that men are 60% more likely to get cancer and 70% more likely to die from the disease than women which is why it’s vital that men feel comfortable airing their concerns with friends or speaking to their GP. Those looking for support can also head to macmillan.org.uk or call the help line on 0808 808 00 00.’
Having originally set out to raise £1 million over three years, Greene King exceeded that target a year early, and in 2015 signed up for a further three years of partnership. The money raised by the pub chain going forward will fund vital hours of Macmillan professional care, supporting people with cancer across the UK.
If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk
For more information, please contact:
Janelle Butterfield – Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support, 020 7840 5057 (out of hours 07801 307068) firstname.lastname@example.org
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About Macmillan Cancer Support
There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK. One in two people are likely to get cancer in their lifetimes. Cancer can affect everything, including a person’s body, relationships and finances.
Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, emotional and personal support to people affected by cancer every year. The charity is there to support people during treatment, help with work and money worries, and listen when people need to talk about their feelings.
Macmillan receives no government funding and relies on generous donations from the public. People up and down the country show their support for Macmillan – from hosting or attending a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to running a marathon – so the charity can help more and more people affected by cancer every year.
Life with cancer is still your life and Macmillan is there to help you live it. If you want information or just to chat, call 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.
About Greene King
Greene King was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. It currently employs 43,000 people across its main trading businesses; Pub Company, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.
It operates 3,000 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland, of which c. 1,800 are retail pubs, restaurants and hotels, and 1,200 are tenanted, leased and franchised pubs. Its leading retail brands include Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer, Flaming Grill and the Greene King Local Pubs estate.
Greene King also brews quality ale brands from its Bury St. Edmunds and Dunbar breweries, and is the UK’s leading cask ale brewer and premium ale brewer with brands such as Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Belhaven Best.