It is a cause which is special to everyone
at Latics after club director Barry Owen was last year diagnosed
with the disease.
Mr Owen, 65, who lost his father to
prostate cancer, was diagnosed without any symptoms following a
regular check-up. He chose surgery to treat the disease, following
conversations with one of Prostate Cancer UK's specialist helpline
nurses and currently attends regular appointments with his
consultant to monitor his condition.
He said: "Having experienced prostate
cancer first hand, I know only too well how important it is to talk
to your doctor if you have any concerns about your health. The
sooner these conversations happen, the sooner any potential
problems can be spotted.
"Prostate Cancer UK's partnership with The
Football League is a brilliant way of raising awareness of prostate
cancer amongst a largely male crowd, which is why Latics didn't
hesitate in getting behind the initiative. We will be trying our
very best to get the message out to encourage men to think about
Oldham Athletic Sales and Marketing
Executive David Broadbent said: "Prostate Cancer UK is a charity
very close to the club's heart. As a club, we are delighted to link
up with Prostate Cancer UK in this way by using the back of all
first team kits to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at
Prostate Cancer UK, said: "We're delighted that Oldham Athletic is
getting behind our partnership with The Football League to raise
awareness of prostate cancer - the most common cancer in men in the
"We are also very grateful to Barry Owen
for speaking out about his own experience of the disease in a bid
to break down some of taboos that still exist.
"We hope every Latics' fan who comes through the turnstiles at
Boundary Park this season will get behind the club to help them
raise as much as possible, so that Prostate Cancer UK can continue
to support the 250,000 men living with prostate cancer."