‘If in doubt, check it out’ will be the message from Yorkshire Cancer Research when they take over Emerald Headingley Stadium at next Friday’s historic match between Leeds Rhinos and Toronto Wolfpack (28 September 2018).
The match has been dedicated to Yorkshire Cancer Research as part of an ongoing partnership between the charity, Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Rhinos Foundation.
Rhinos fans will have the chance to chat to GPs about health worries at a special ‘Check It Out’ clinic and learn about cancer signs and symptoms through the charity’s ‘RhiNO to Cancer’ campaign.
Yorkshire Cancer Research teamed up with Leeds Rhinos earlier this year to improve the early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness at matches.
The charity also works with Leeds Rhinos Foundation to provide a free cancer rehabilitation course called ‘Active Beyond Cancer’ for patients in the Leeds area. Since 2017, the health and exercise programme has helped nearly 100 people recover and live well after cancer.
Joe Taylor, Partnerships Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We urge all Rhinos fans to come and have an informal chat with the GPs at our ‘Check it out’ clinic. If cancer is diagnosed early, it’s often easier to treat successfully. That’s why it’s so important that people share any worries with their doctor. There’s a good chance it won’t be anything serious, but if it is cancer and it’s found at an early stage there’s a much greater chance of recovery.”
The charity will also be holding a collection on the gate and around the ground, handing out ‘If in doubt, check it out’ try cards and giving away t-shirts signed by Rhinos players.
To make a donation to Yorkshire Cancer Research, visit www.ycr.org.uk/rhinotocancer.
Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 583 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.