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HECK encourages men to check

HECK encourages men to check

Published at 6:02am 16th November 2016.

A family-run food business in North Yorkshire is highlighting a cause which is very close to home.

HECK, based near Kirklington, has renamed its Chicken Italia sausages as CHECK to help raise £25,000 for the Movember Foundation and also encourage men to check themselves for signs of testicular cancer.

At the start of this year, Jamie Keeble, who is co-founder and eldest son of the family behind the company, discovered a lump on one of his testicles which was found to be cancerous.

He said: "It was only a small lump, about the size of a 5p coin, but I knew it was wrong and went to see my GP straightaway.

"I'm lucky, I caught my cancer early. But conversations with friends and with nurses and doctors have told me that many guys my age simply aren't aware of either the fact that testicular cancer is more common in younger than older guys, or that they need to check themselves regularly."

Jamie's dad, Andrew, added: "Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in younger men. Unfortunately too many men feel something unusual but don't tell anyone, so we've got to make it easier for them to say when they feel something isn't quite right.

"Hopefully our packs of CHECK sausages will start some conversations which will raise awareness and funds, and maybe even save some lives."

Laura Mair, Director of Partnerships at Movember UK and Europe, said: "Our goal is to stop men dying too young, and in order to achieve this, we need more men aware of the risks that they face and to take action when there's an issue.

"HECK has created a really fun way to share this important message, and we encourage all their fans to sign up to Movember.com and get involved."