Remember to CHECK your Balls this Movember

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Remember to CHECK your Balls this November

with HECK Sausages.

HECK Sausages are supporting Movember, a cause very close to us at Family Clan after Daddy John lost his brother to prostate cancer last December. John is now currently supporting Movember by growing facial hair throughout November to raise awareness.

Movember 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

In the name of men’s health this Movember HECK have renamed themselves as CHECK for the duration of November, in order to encourage men to search for lumps on their scrotum and for women to CHECK their partners too!

A survey of 2,000 people has discovered the true extent of the taboo subject.

Men are too embarrassed to discuss their testicles with their GP‘, alarming new research has revealed.

Did you know more than three quarters (76%) of women admitted they wouldn’t know what a cancerous lump would feel like on their partner’s testicles. Whereas almost half of men (46.6%) said they would know what a lump on their partner’s breast would feel like! HECK’s research also revealed 82% of blokes are unwilling to talk to their doctor about any issues with their genitals which is a very shocking figure that’s been revealed.

The research was carried out by the brands founder, Jamie Keeble, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer two years ago.

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Jamie’s story

“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.

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.”

“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 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.”

  • 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.
  • The survey also showed that almost 1 in 10 (9.8%) of men between the ages of 18 and 24 would do nothing if they felt a lump on their testicle.

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What Could Cancer Feel Like?

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’.

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CHECK Challenge Family Clan

CHECK challenged us at Family Clan to get involved in creating a dish with our meat and two veg to promote this cause, which we jumped at the chance knowing how much we would like to promote men’s health.

One of the favourite recipes in our household is plain old sausage and mash, so this is what I made for Sunday dinner, it was delicious!

First I peeled the potatoes which I just bought from my local supermarket, then chopped them and put them to boil. In a separate pan I boiled the brussel sprouts and cauliflower which I bought from the local grocery shop.

Meanwhile as they were cooking I peeled and sliced some sweet potato to make as wedges and placed in my halogen cooked for 20 minutes turning a couple of times throughout.

When the potatoes and veg was nearly cooked, I placed the CHECK sausages in my health grill which took about 5 minutes too cook, as they were cooking I made up the gravy.

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My plate consisted of, CHECK sausages, mash, large brussell sprouts, cauliflower, sweet potato wedges and gravy. A lovely warm dish for a cold day (yes even if the sun was shining, it was still cold!)

The CHECK products are available in ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose throughout November, costing £2.99 a pack.

Jake and Grace loved these sausages too and commented about them saying they were ‘yummy’ which was great, because I never told them they were any different so it was great that they picked up on the change without being told.

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This is Jake and Grace’s dish they had, as they love to have theirs with ‘bunny ear.’ In other words, the sausages poking out the mash like big long bunny ears!

Please join in with us and share your meat and two veg recipes @Heckfooduk

We are a meat eating family, and love sausages, bacon, chicken, beef and fish as our top 5 meats, I’ve tried many sausage products by various brands over the years, but HECK are my favourite brand, they seem so much ‘meatier’ than the normal supermarket brand.

I follow Slimming World you might have seen my weight loss pictures and these HECK sausages are always coming up in conversations as to how good they are and at approx 3.5 syns per sausage in this packet they are a well deserved treat after a long day!

More facts that we would like to share with you. Yes there is a lot but each and every one of them we feel should be shared to you lovely readers to raise awareness.

‘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, taking action when needed and talking when things get tough, is exactly why The Movember Foundation exists.’

The 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.

Commenting on the poll findings, a spokesperson for The Movember Foundation said: ‘Unfortunately this latest polling from HECK is accurate.

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.

Cancer Research UK says incidence rates for testicular cancer are projected to rise by 12% in the UK between 2014 and 2035.

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About HECK

HECK is a family run business making hand-mixed, farmers’ market quality sausages for the British high street. With a ‘what the heck’ attitude, founders Andrew and Debbie Keeble have achieved the remarkable feat of starting a business in Britain’s notoriously congested food market and have gone from zero to £17m turnover in just five years. HECK is now officially the UK’s Number One premium sausage range.

Proudly independent, Andrew and Debbie run the business with their children; last year the conscientious farmers-turned-food-producers added burgers, meatballs, gluten-free and vegetarian sausages to their award-winning range.

With over 30 years of food and farming experience, they are mindful of the land and deliver ethical meat and ingredient choices. Never ones to cut corners or compromise quality in a bid to save a buck, they’ve managed to create an affordable range of farmers’ market quality sausages for the supermarkets that benefits everyone in their supply chain.

The CHECK products will be available in ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose throughout November, costing £2.99.

Mummy H


10 Thoughts to “Remember to CHECK your Balls this Movember”

  1. Margaret Gallagher

    Oh HECK Thats a brill way to spread awareness – making it comical will certainly capture the imagination – will save lives

  2. A S,Edinburgh

    This is such an important cause. People who would struggle to go to the doctor about a genital problem might benefit from taking someone with them or coming up with a way to reward themselves for going. Anything to help, because it has to be done.

  3. bonniebonster

    Brilliant campaign – its so important to get the message out there

  4. Anneka Avery

    We woman check our breasts regularly.. I do mine in the shower (if TMI I’m sorry) but it’s very very important to do so… it could save your life. I do believe men have a harder time of doing so but in this modern age there needs to be more awareness and advertising that it’s ok to check… so what the heck make sure you check! Go for it guys! No judgements here…

  5. Vicki D

    Great post, it’s so important that more men are encouraged to themselves regularly.

  6. Paul Wilson

    Good advice.

  7. William Gould

    That’s very sound advice – I have to admit to not checking thoroughly enough when I’m in the shower! :/

  8. Kayleigh Watkins

    What a great campaign, hopefully it will stop the taboo around it, and your dinner looks very yummy too xxx

  9. Margaret Gallagher

    Happily spreading the HECK campaign
    Early diagnosis is key to successful treatment
    Loving your pictures!

  10. ashleigh allan

    Great campaign – anything that encourages people to check is a positive thing!

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