Movember, the month formerly known as November, is when brave and selfless men around the world grow a moustache, and women step up to support them, all to raise awareness and funds for men’s health – specifically prostate and testicular cancer. And I have teamed up with Heck ( if you have never eaten Heck sausages get out from under your same old sausages, march down to your local supermarket and get ready for the best sausages you have never eaten! ) Their Chicken Italia sausages have been renamed CHECK with the company hoping to raise up to £25,000 for the Movember Foundation through sales and to encourage thousands of men to pay attention to their health. Amazing sausages, helping raise money for such a important cause and you might just save a loved ones life.
HECK are supporting the Movember Foundation this year and we have carried out new research among 2,000 Brits into the lack of knowledge about testicular cancer. New research one week before the start of Movember reveals:
- 90% of men don’t realise testicular cancer is more likely to affect younger men
- More than eight out of 10 men (82%) find it embarrassing to discuss their testicles with a parent or GP
- Almost one third of Scotsmen (30%) and Northern Irishmen (30%) nevercheck their testicles
- More than one fifth of men in the South-West (21%) would not seek medical help straight away if they felt something unusual on a testicle
HECK is renaming to CHECK for the month to help raise awareness and funds for The Movember Foundation.
Other results from the research include:
- More than one third of men wouldn’t know what to feel for when checking their own testicles… rising to almost half (47%) for respondents in London
- 85% of men in the North-East believe that a lot of men find it embarrassing to discuss their testicles with a parent or GP
- Just four in ten 18-24 year old men would know what to look for, compared with six in ten over-55s
- Less than half of women (46.8%) would know what to feel for when checking their partner’s testicles
- More than 90% of women don’t realize testicular cancer is more likely to affect young men than old
Now if the men in your family are anything like the men in mine going to the doctors seems to be scariest event in the world to them ( Maybe this is why women live longer!)
Cancer of the testicle is one of the less common cancers and tends to mostly affect men between 15 and 49 years of age. The most common symptom is a painless lump or swelling in one of the testicles. It can be the size of a pea or it may be much larger.Other symptoms can include:
- a dull ache in the scrotum
- a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
It’s important to be aware of what feels normal for you. Get to know your body and see your GP if you notice any changes.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs you have it for many years. Symptoms often only become apparent when your prostate is large enough to affect the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis).
When this happens, you may notice things like an increased need to urinate, straining while urinating and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied. These symptoms shouldn’t be ignored.
I thought I would share with you a recipe a delicious chicken sausage recipe with you, super easy and even quicker leaving you more than enough time to go and check yourself out or have a little chat with the men in your life! Cancer should never be a awkward conversation in fact we should be chatting about checking ourselves as often as possible because the soon cancer is found the sooner it can be treated.
Italia chicken sausages and mediterrean vegetables.
You will need: –
- 1 Pack of ‘Check’ Heck chicken Italia sausages.
- 250g baby new potatoes, thinly sliced
- 1 large courgette, diagonally sliced
- 1 red onion, cut into wedges
- 1 yellow pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
- 6 firm plum tomatoes, halved
- 12 black olives, pitted
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 rounded tbsp green pesto.
You will need to:-
Preheat the oven to 200C/ Gas 6/fan oven 180C. Spread the potatoes, courgette, onion, pepper and tomatoes in a shallow roasting tin and scatter over the olives. Season with salt and coarsely ground black pepper.
Mix the olive oil and pesto together until well blended and spoon evenly over the vegetables. Cover the tin with foil and cook for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven, remove the foil from the tin. Place the sausages on top of the vegetables. Return to the oven and cook for a further 25 minutes until the vegetables are juicy and look tempting to eat and the chicken sausages are cooked through.
DON’T FORGET TO CHECK!