Saturday 3 December 2016

GAA stars cop a feel in ballsy photoshoot to launch Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Published 29/04/2016 | 11:18

Wexford star Lee Chin poses for the #KnowThyNuts campaign
Wexford star Lee Chin poses for the #KnowThyNuts campaign
Monaghan's Jason Hughes poses for the #KnowThyNuts campaign

Some of the GAA’s brightest stars are encouraging Irish men to cop-a-feel in a bid to raise awareness for testicular cancer.

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Cavan’s Killian Clarke, Wexford’s Lee Chin, and Leitrim’s Emlyn Mulligan posed for a series of ballsy photos to launch the #KnowThyNuts campaign to promote Testicular Cancer Awareness month.

Former senior Monaghan footballer Jason Hughes, who is a testicular cancer survivor, also took part in the risqué photo shoot and said the campaign is of utmost importance.

"I’m proud to raise awareness for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and get guys around the country to #KnowThyNuts. Even now, it can be difficult for young men to talk about subjects like testicular cancer, even though it’s absolutely a conversation we need to be having. It’s so important to check yourself and see a doctor if you notice anything unusual – I’m grateful for the opportunity to spread the word!”

Cavan's Killian Clarke poses for the #KnowThyNuts campaign
Cavan's Killian Clarke poses for the #KnowThyNuts campaign

The campaign, funded by the Movember Foundation and the GAA, is encouraging guys to get to know their balls a little better and if they notice any lumps, pain or swelling, to see a doctor.

Neil Rooney, Movember Country Manager said: “While testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men, it’s largely overlooked and many men simply are not aware of the signs they need to look out for. Partnering with the GAA, we’re going balls out for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and asking guys and their partners to #KnowThyNuts.”

How to #KnowThyNuts

It’s important to perform a self-examination regularly and not just for Testicular Awareness Month. Make sure to frequently get a little hands-on and get to ‘Know thy Nuts’:

Leitrim’s Emlyn Mulligan poses for the #KnowThyNuts campaign
Leitrim’s Emlyn Mulligan poses for the #KnowThyNuts campaign

Find somewhere comfortable; a warm environment is best, so hop in the shower, soap up and cop a feel

Roll one nut between the thumb and fingers, checking for lumps, swelling or anything that doesn’t feel quite right

(Lather, rinse) repeat with the other nut

If something feels unusual or hurts, seek advice from a doctor

Monaghan's Jason Hughes poses for the #KnowThyNuts campaign
Monaghan's Jason Hughes poses for the #KnowThyNuts campaign

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