Blue September starts this Father’s Day!

Blue September is a campaign in which we’re encouraging all Australians to face up to cancer in men.

Starting this Sunday, we’re asking you to get blue and help raise awareness about men’s cancers.

22,000 Australian men die from cancer every year, but at the ACRF we want to turn this statistic around. You can help by hosting a blue themed fundraiser, purchasing one of our limited edition Blue September  wristbands, or by donating to vital research into the cancers that affect men most!

This is the first year that Blue September has offered these meaningful wristbands, which include a space for you to write the name of a man in your life who has been touched by cancer. You can purchase your wristband from any Harvey Norman, Tyre Right, Domayne, Sports Power, Tyre Power or Joyce Mayne store.

With your help we can raise funds for ground breaking cancer research, as well as awareness to help prevent some of the most common cancers affecting men: prostate cancer, bowel cancer, lung cancer, melanoma and testicular cancer.

There are many important ways men can reduce their cancer risk:

  • Visit your GP for a check-up (something Aussie men are notoriously reluctant to do!)
  • Reduce alcohol intake
  • Be physically active
  • Take care when in the sun
  • Aim for a healthy body weight
  • Quit smoking or help a mate quit

Fittingly the first day of Blue September falls on Father’s Day – a day on which we take the time to celebrate the men in our lives. This year, for Blue September, we ask that you help your dad to reduce his risk of developing cancer by making these positive lifestyle choices. You might also take the chance to turn your father’s day celebration into an excuse to raise funds or donate!

We, at the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, are proud to be involved in this great international event for the fourth year running! We join the Australian Prostate Cancer Research centre as beneficiaries of Blue September fundraising.

Edited in September 2018: You can support our current Men’s Cancer Month campaign here.