Hammers backing Know The Score

West Ham United will be supporting the fourth annual ‘Know The Score’ campaign this weekend

West Ham United will be supporting the fourth annual ‘Know The Score’ campaign at Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Stoke City.

The teams and match officials will also support the campaign by wearing Know The Score t-shirts while warming up before the game.

April is bowel cancer awareness month and the Know The Score campaign will see players, managers and personalities throughout the game untie to raise awareness for bowl cancer.

The campaign is also being backed by several leading bowel cancer charities who want to raise awareness of key symptoms. These include the Bobby Moore Fund, the Adam Stansfield Foundation, Beating Bowel Cancer, Bowel Cancer UK , the Men’s Health Forum and the founding charity of ‘Know the Score’, the Mr Brightside Project.

Former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman is supporting Know The Score in his role as an ambassador for the Bobby Moore Fund, which was founded by the late West Ham and England captain’s widow Stephanie following his untimely death from bowel cancer in February 1993.

Seaman said: “I would urge anyone who thinks they may have symptoms of bowel cancer to visit their doctor as soon as possible.

“You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting it checked out. If it’s not serious, your mind will be eased, but if it is bowel cancer, research suggests that over 90% of patients will survive the disease for more than five years if diagnosed at the earliest stage.”

The symptoms of bowel cancer include bleeding from the bottom without obvious reason, or blood in your poo, a persistent change in bowel habit to looser or more frequent bowel motions, and a lump in your tummy or tummy pain, especially if it is severe.

Thousands of ‘Star of Hope’ badges will also be distributed to support the Know The Score, which is the brainchild of former Charlton Athletic and Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Nicky Johns.

Manager Sam Allardyce will wear sport a badge during his pre and post-match media commitments and Saturday’s match.

For more information visit www.knowthescore.org.uk or follow @KnowTheScoreUK on Twitter.