We're delighted that our ambassador Tom Smith can be heard on the airwaves as he speaks about how this past year has been for him, and the support he is giving to 40tude.Listen out for Tom on Scottish Rugby's Official Podcast that was broadcast on Thursday 28th January.  Hear him also catching up with Eleanor Oldroyd on the BBC’s 5 Live Weekend Breakfast show on Saturday 30th January.

Former Scotland captain and British & Irish Lion Tom is receiving treatment for colon cancer, with which he was diagnosed at the age of 48. After nominating 40tude to be a beneficiary of the Wounded Lions 500 Challenge in February 2020, Tom is continuing to support 40tude as an ambassador for the charity.

“I’m delighted to become an ambassador for 40tude and to support their inspiring work,” explains Tom. “40tude is working to raise awareness of colon cancer, and its message is simple but vital: ‘get screened regularly for colon cancer from your mid-40s.’  If more people get screened, more lives can be saved.” 

Photo credit: Fotosport/David Gibson

It’s important for all of us to be aware of the symptoms of colon cancer and to act if we spot them. This is particularly important at this time when many of our cancer specialists are supporting the NHS in the fight against Covid-19.

Find out more about colon cancer symptoms and screening

You can also make a donation to support the work of 40tude, inspired by Tom:

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Tom's interviews are at:

Scottish Rugby: https://www.scottishrugby.org/fanzone/tom-smith-i-feel-very-fortunate

BBC 5 Live:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000rtg2  

BBC Sport website:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/55860080