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 to 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
In 2020, our Tell Us The Score campaign ran from 2-8 November. Alongside our corporate partners, we raised awareness of the millions of men living with cancer in the UK.
With the help of their male customers and employees, we encouraged more men to Tell Us The Score. And of course, to ask for support if they need it.
In 2020, the Tell Us The Score campaign was completely digital. 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.