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Robin Cottle, Reporter
Friday, December 6, 2013
Former West Ham star Rob Lee was happy to grow a mo this November – even if it meant an itchy top lip.
It was the second year in a row Hornchurch resident Lee had grown a moustache for Movember along with his two sons, Hammers academy prospect Elliott and Birmingham midfielder Olly, to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.
It’s a cause close to the family’s heart as Lee’s dad, 72-year-old Reg, had surgery to battle the disease a year ago. The pensioner has now had his prostate removed and the 21-capped England international hopes they’ve seen the last of the disease. “Getting yourself checked for cancer is not very macho, which is why a lot of men don’t do it,” said Lee on supporting the cause.
“But a five-minute check can save your life. The longer you wait and it could be too late.
“The main reason we’re doing this is to raise the profile of the disease. If we raise awareness and more people get checked out, that can only be a good thing.
“Growing a moustache is something that’s seen as quite macho so it’s a great cause.”
Around 40,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every year and one man dies from prostate cancer every hour.
Lee says he went for a Hulk Hogan-style handlebar moustache this time and there has been friendly family rivalry to see who can produce the best effort.
“Elliott can almost grow one overnight, so he’s out in front,” added Lee. “Olly struggles a bit more and it looked a bit like someone had drawn it on with a pencil. He gets a bit jealous.
“Mine looked like it’s black and white, almost Newcastle colours. I’ve got a few looks when I’ve been walking down the street.”
Lee, who played for West Ham in 2003/04, has watched the Hammers play a lot this season and admits his boyhood club are missing injured striker Andy Carroll, who is yet to make an appearance this season due to a heal injury.
“They’ve been a bit erratic like a lot of teams in the bottom half,” he said. “But the result against Fulham was massive and now they’ve got a lot of games in December to pull clear from the teams at the bottom.
“Once everyone’s played everyone once you get a better idea of where teams are going to finish up. I’m sure Sam (Allardyce) would admit that this is a massive month for West Ham.”
For more information you can call Prostate Cancer UK’s confidential helpline on 0800 074 8383 or visit www.prostatecanceruk.org.