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Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson has joined the fight against testicular cancer with an impassioned speech in a new viral video.
The star of films such as Star Wars, Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained joined the One For The Boys campaign last year, and now he’s teamed up with the innovative London-based fundraising platform mygoodness.com in order to raise awareness for the cause which he is passionate about. In a brand new video he urges men to visit a doctor and get themselves “checked out”.
“Have you got balls?” he begins, “By not getting checked out you could lose those balls. Hell- you could lose your life! So boys, don’t be dumb. If you’ve really got balls, show them to your doctor.”
He goes on to read out some shocking statistics about testicular cancer. “Fact: 30% more men die of cancer than women. What?! Get out of here! That’s right. 30 percent. 30 mother****ing percent. Why? Because they don’t get themselves checked out early enough. They don’t want to hear or talk about it because it ain’t the manly thing to do. They’re too macho.”
In the clip, he invites members of the public to take part in an online raffle with prizes including a lunch with him in London.
His endorsement of the One For The Boys campaign aims to educate men about cancer, after he found out that one of his friends secretly dealt with the disease without telling anyone. The campaign encourages men to detect the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer earlier by raising awareness, arming men with the right knowledge and encouraging men to accept a helping hand – even if they find the matter embarrassing.
Testicular cancer is relatively uncommon, accounting for just 1% of cancer which occur in men. Every year in the UK, around 2,000 men are diagnosed with the disease, and tends to affect younger men. This makes the testicular cancer rates harder to determine, as younger men are less aware and more embarrassed regarding the signs and symptoms of the condition and therefore are less likely to get an earlier diagnosis – something which could be potentially fatal.