Baggy Trousers, based in Tameside, raise awareness for testicular cancer and offer information on what to look out for as well as self-diagnosis techniques to detect the earliest signs and symptoms.
The group was set up by Jack Broadley, who has suffered with and been through the traumatic treatment of testicular cancer. His friend, Tom Wilson, also joined the Baggy Trousers cause to raise awareness of the condition to young men who wouldn’t usually believe they have an illness as serious as testicular cancer.
Jack and Tom both met while receiving treatment at The Christie hospital in Manchester. The group was founded in May 2014 after both men were placed into remission. The pair set up the organisation to allow young men to feel comfortable to approach them if they are unsure.
Their slogan “Be a lad and check your nads” highlights the light-hearted but serious approach the two men have to this cause. Jack and Tom’s mission is to teach men, both young and old, how to spot some of the symptoms and demonstrate how to check themselves in the correct way. They also give advice to men on what to do if they find any abnormality in the testicle. Their hope is to encourage people to find an issue early and seek medical advice so they can fight it as the two of them have.
The organisation also plan to support cancer patients that are struggling financially to ensure they have the easiest experience they can with no other worries.
Jack said: “I really wouldn’t want anyone to experience what I’ve had to. We’re just two survivors raising awareness of a disease that nearly took our lives.”