Top jockeys team up to tackle cancer
Leading jockeys Oisin Murphy, Tom Marquand and Charlie Bishop have bared all to support the new partnership between QIPCO British Champions Series and Movember to raise awareness of the biggest issues facing men’s health including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, to raise aware of the disease Movember and Champions Series have enlisted the help of some of the brightest young jockeys in the weighing room – Oisin Murphy (23), Charlie Bishop (25) and Tom Marquand (21).
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer amongst young men and the best place for men to check themselves for the disease is in the shower. The initiative aims to raise awareness of Movember’s Know Thy Nuts campaign to inform young men about their risk of testicular cancer and educate them to perform testicular self-exams on a regular basis.
Tom Marquand, former Stobart Champion Apprentice Jockey said, “It’s shocking to think that almost two-thirds of 18-34 year old men don’t know that they’re in the most at-risk age group for this disease. It’s so important that men know their risk and check themselves regularly. Anything that we can do to raise that awareness is really positive.”
Jockey Oisin Murphy who helped to launch the partnership added, “As lads in the weighing room and in all walks of life there is always a lot of banter but it can sometimes be hard to really talk to people about the serious health issues that affect men. We know to our cost that mental health issues, in particular have affected many in racing, so I think this is a brilliant partnership which will hopefully bring some of these things out in the open and help people get the support they need. I am proud to be a part of it.”