NEAR NAKED MEN GET ON THEIR BIKES TO RAISE PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS 2009: Anglia Midlands

NEAR NAKED MEN GET ON THEIR BIKES TO RAISE PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS

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be contacted on 0870 124 0866 Journalists can access stories via the Press Association wire service or online at: Find out about other community stories on: Seven cyclists will be riding 500 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne to Galway, Ireland from August 17 to raise awareness for prostate cancer. The charity behind the event is the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign, which has invented Near Naked Man as a mascot to tackle the issue of men's embarrassment about their bodies and to promote early detection of the symptoms of prostate cancer. The Near Naked Men will set off from quayside Newcastle at 9am on Monday. They will be making stops in Carlisle, Dumfries, Newton Stewart, Stranraer, Belfast, Cookstown, Bally Shannon, Sligo, Castle Bar and Galway, and throughout the journy they will be clearly identifiable by their specially designed, eye catching race suits.

Patrick Cox, the charity's founder, said: "The suits are amazing beautifully designed and a bit silly in places - just like men's bodies."

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