As part of Heck foods UK Movember awareness campaign this month I have been asked to help them help you. This month Heck foods are changing their name to CHECK for the month. It will rename itself as CHECK for the duration of November, in order to encourage men to have a search for lumps on their scrotum. I have shared my link to the most awesome Heck recipe a simple take on a mini roast using their sausages and some veg. So lets dive in and share the campaign with you.
These worrying results were commissioned by HECK – a Yorkshire-based sausage brand which is working alongside the world-leading men’s health charity The Movember Foundation.
How many Men are too embarrassed to discuss their testicles with their GP?
You will be surprised alarming new research has revealed. A survey of 2,000 people has discovered the true extent of the taboo subject, with 82% of blokes unwilling to talk to their doctor about any issues with their genitals.
The survey comes ahead of the annual tache-athon next Wednesday 22nd November 2017, with men across the UK sporting their best facial hair in support of men’s health.
Commenting on the poll findings, a spokesperson for The Movember Foundation said: ‘Unfortunately this latest polling from HECK is accurate.
‘Too many men are not checking themselves, not knowing what to look for and being too embarrassed to discuss the subject.
‘Tackling these taboos head on, getting more men educated on the health risks they face. Means taking action when needed and talking when things get tough. This is exactly why The Movember Foundation exists.’
The survey also showed that almost one in 10 (9.8%) of men between the ages of 18 and 24 would do nothing if they felt a lump on their testicle.
Testicular cancer is often described as a small pea-like lump on one testicle, but many men are unaware of this. Two thirds of men had no idea this was a sign of the deadly cancer.
One in five blokes (18.4%) of men incorrectly assumed that a cancerous lump feels ‘like a flat coin’.
The research also found that three-quarters of women (76%) would have no idea what a cancerous lump would feel like on their partner’s testicles.
In contrast, slightly less than half of men (46.6%) said they’d know when to be concerned about a lump on their partner’s breast.
The research was carried out by the brands founder, Jamie Keeble, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer two years ago. He said, “If men don’t know what testicular cancer might feel like, how can they possibly check themselves? Testicular cancer is on the rise and men can reduce their chances of dying simply by knowing what to feel for.”
Other results from the research include:
· The three UK cities where men are most likely to know what a cancerous lump feels like are: Warrington at 71%, Portsmouth at 61% and Sunderland at 57%
· More than one-quarter of men (26.7%) in Scotland say they’d wait a few days before doing anything if they discovered a lump on their testicle, compared to just 12% of men in the South-West
· Almost one in 10 (9.8%) of 18-24 year old men say they’d do nothing if they felt a lump on a testicle; by contrast just 3% of women would do nothing if they felt a lump on a breast
Jamie Keeble says, “I found a small lump, immediately went to my GP and received my diagnosis. Even though a lot of stigma surrounds going to the doctor for such an intimate area, it is key to be proactive if you find a lump.
“Our research shows that too many men would ignore it if they found something and that many are unsure how to correctly check themselves.”
“Too many men are dying young from ignorance and lack of quick action. This disease needs to be openly discussed. This is so that more guys will check themselves and feel they can talk to someone if something doesn’t feel right.
“60% don’t even know what a cancerous lump would feel like. In this day and age this has to stop! People need to be educated so that we can start making a difference.”
So as we all see here men and women alike can’t tell what they are looking for. So if the worst happened it could be too late before they even be able to treat it.
So what can you do and where can you get them?
Well if you do one thing tonight for yourself or your partner. Let that be to go CHECK anything strange go speak to a GP they are there to help not judge you.
The CHECK products will be available in ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose throughout November, costing £2.99.
I have received HECKS sausages for FREE in exchange for doing my recipe and sharing awareness campaign on my blog.