Macmillan Cancer Support is leading the Find The Words campaign, with the support of a group of celebrities, including Today programme host Nick Robinson, Olympic diver Tom Daley, and entertainer Bill Bailey. The campaign aims to encourage men to open up about their experiences with cancer.
According to recent findings from Macmillan, approximately 250,000 men in Britain who are living with cancer struggle with emotions such as fear, depression, and worry due to their diagnosis. Shockingly, over half of these men (55 percent) have not sought support for these feelings.
Nick Robinson, 59, who was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2015, emphasized the importance of having the support of a Macmillan speech and language therapist during his journey. Following surgery to remove the tumor from his lung, Robinson revealed how the therapist empowered him to speak up about his experience.
“After my operation, I lost my voice and was hesitant to discuss it with anyone. I feared it would end my career. However, I did confide in my Macmillan nurse. He was an exceptional listener and encouraged me to express my fears and address my concerns,” Robinson shared.
Bill Bailey, a renowned comedian, singer, and actor, tragically lost his close friend Sean Lock to lung cancer in August 2021. Bailey has publicly discussed the deep bond they shared and the mutual support they provided each other throughout their respective battles.
“Sean and I used to go on long walks in the countryside, and during these conversations, we would cover a wide range of topics. From lighthearted moments that made us laugh to more profound and thought-provoking discussions, we explored it all. I believe men often shy away from discussing serious matters,” Bailey expressed.
Tom Daley, an Olympic gold medalist and television personality, lost his father to a brain tumor when he was just 17 years old. Reflecting on his own experience, Daley acknowledged the difficulty men face when it comes to talking about cancer. However, he encouraged those struggling to give it a try, as it might offer relief.
“We understand that men find it challenging to engage in these conversations, but honestly, it has been my personal coping mechanism. To those who are struggling, I know discussing cancer isn’t easy, but perhaps giving it a chance could make a difference,” Daley shared.
Other notable figures, including First Dates star Merlin Griffiths, DJ and presenter Trevor Nelson, singer-songwriter Jay McGuiness, and actor Colin McFarlane, have also pledged their support to the campaign.
Macmillan ensures that individuals battling cancer have access to dedicated nurses and advisors through their Support Line, available seven days a week from 8 am to 8 pm, on 0808 808 0000. These professionals are specially trained to provide assistance and support to those affected by the disease.