David Emanuel: 'I had no symptoms whatsoever'

Please, please get checked.

– David Emanuel on prostate cancer

As our Check Your Chaps campaign focuses on prostate cancer this week, we're joined by designer David Emanuel who has battled the disease personally.

David first thought about getting checked for prostate cancer when one of his friends, Andrew Lloyd Webber, was diagnosed in 2009 and then was pushed to do so a few years later when his father experienced problems. David's father did not have prostate cancer. However, David knew that problems and complications with the prostate is hereditary and he should get checked just in case.

In the autumn of 2012, David went to see his GP and was referred for more tests and a biopsy, which showed he had cancerous cells in both sides of his prostate gland. David had keyhole surgery to remove his prostate and is now here to tell us about his experience and why all men should be aware of the statistics.

He said. "Tell your boyfriend, or your lover, or your partner, please, please get checked".

Know the symptoms of prostate cancer

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Check Your Chaps focuses on prostate cancer

Its our second week of our Check Your Chaps campaign in which we're looking at male cancers - and this time the focus is on prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in men. It is estimated that 1 in 8 men are likely to get it and 1 in 4 black men.

Have you checked your or your partner's testicles or booked in for a prostate check because of our Check Your Chaps campaign? Maybe we've even helped you find something before it's too late? If so we'd love to hear from you about how Check Your Chaps has raised awareness of male cancers.

Email us at lorraine@itv.com by Wednesday 11 February with your stories. You must be 18 or over, please check terms and conditions.

Know the symptoms of prostate cancer

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Know the symptoms of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK and one man dies from the disease every hour in the UK.

Over 42,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK and it is estimated that by 2030, prostate cancer will be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK.

  • 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in the UK - and these numbers are likely to increase drastically over the next 5-10 years
  • 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer in the UK – double the risk faced by all men in the UK
  • over 300,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer in the UK
  • Every year around 10,000 men will die from the disease

Firemen raise the heat with calendar

Brian and Vogue prose with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Today Brian and Vogue are live from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ meeting groups of men who save lives as part of their day job, but also go that extra mile for charity by making a fireman calendar!

We speak with Dominic Furby, Station Commander who came up with the idea of the calendar and has seen male colleagues battle with cancer.

Watch Dr Hilary carry out a testicular examination

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Diagnosed with testicular cancer aged 25

It's day three of our Check Your Chaps campaign - aimed at raising awareness of testicular and prostate cancer - two of the most common cancers in men. This week we are focusing on testicular. If found at an early stage a cure rate of 98% is usually possible in testicular cancer patients.

On the sofa we have former footballer Griff Jones who was diagnosed at 25. Although he had a testicle removed the cancer had spread, and he underwent emergency chemotherapy. He is now all clear and his girlfriend is expecting a baby.

Check yourself or your chap for testicular cancer

Watch Dr Hilary carry out a testicular examination

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We want your healthy selfies!

We'll be telling you toCheck Your Chaps from next week and we've already got a few of our ITV friends to help us spread the message of being aware of male cancers by posing in 'healthy selfies'.

Want to join us? Simply tweet or instagram us a picture of yourself giving the thumbs up using the hashtag #CheckYourChaps to show you'll be checking yourself or your man for signs of testicular or prostate cancer.

You can also send your healthy selfies to us at lorraine@itv.com.

Find out how to check for testicular cancer

Find out more about prostate cancer

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Vogue Williams and Brian McFadden

Dr Hilary does a testicular examination

It's day two of our Check Your Chaps campaign which seeks to encourage early detection of testicular and prostate cancer - and Dr Hilary is here to show us exactly how to check the testicles in a live demonstration.

We also catch up with some rugby players who are supporting the cause and learning more about checking themselves.

Find out more about how to check the testicles

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How to test your testicles

A massive 98% of testicular cancer cases can be treated if caught early enough. Testicular Self Examination (TSE) is the easiest way to identify any potential testicular problems. It only takes a few minutes to perform and is best performed monthly after a bath or shower when the scrotum will be warm and relaxed. Check out these tips we got from male cancer charity Orchid.

Get Orchid's self examination tips

Check each testicle separately, using one or both of your hands (see link above for reference). Roll each testicle between the thumb and forefinger to check that the surface is free of lumps or bumps. Do not squeeze! Get to know your balls; their size, texture and anatomy. Identify the epididymis or sperm collecting tube, often mistaken for an abnormal lump that runs behind each testicle (Figure 2).