A famous football family have united in the battle against prostate cancer by supporting Movember.

West Ham United striker Elliot Lee, along with his father Rob and older brother Olly - both former Hammers themselves - are all sporting extra facial hair during November to promote a cause close to their hearts.

Rob, who also played for Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United, Derby County and England, was inspired to grow a Mo after father Reg had surgery to combat the disease a year ago. Reg, 72, had his prostate removed and is now on the road to recovery.

The trio got together last Sunday at the family home in Hornchurch to compare facial hair, as well as highlighting the important message of prostate cancer.

Just 18, Elliot has been able to grow a moustache from a young age, and admitted his goatee has caused some amusement in the Lee household.

"I've always grown more facial hair than Olly so there's always a bit of banter going on there," said the forward, who returned to the Club this week following a loan spell with Colchester United. "He gets a bit jealous, while dad's looks black and white!

"It's a unique and light-hearted way to promote a great cause - and hopefully raise money as well. It was a shock to find out about my granddad but it's great seeing he is fine now. A lot of credit has to go to Movember and Prostate Cancer UK as well. They do a great job of raising awareness."

Director of fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, Mark Bishop, praised the Lee family for their support for the charity, saying: "It's great that Movember are supporting the work of Prostate Cancer UK. Footballers sporting moustaches are now commonplace during the month and supporters up and down the country will be able to watch their heroes visibly getting behind the fight to promote men's health issues.

"Prostate cancer kills one man every hour in the UK with one in eight men likely to be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime and the disease has affected the Lee family. It's great they are involved in promoting awareness, and we want to be there for all men."

With prostate cancer killing one man every hour, Movember aims to put the spotlight on the disease and encourage men everywhere to wise up and take action.

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If you have concerns about prostate cancer, please call Prostate Cancer UK's confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383 or visit www.prostatecanceruk.org. The helpline is free to landlines, staffed by specialist nurses, and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.