New research commissioned by male cancer charity Orchid[1. Orchid commissioned the research in February 2011. The research was carried out by leading market research agency OnePoll.] reveals only 26% of men in Manchester know how to check themselves for the signs of male cancer. A staggering 44% claim they have a good idea but are not completely sure, whilst just under a third of men (30%) in Manchester do not know how to check for the signs of male cancer. However the research then goes onto reveal that Manchester men fare better than most in terms of visiting their GP and getting information.

The research also found that 60% of men in Manchester would make an appointment with their GP if they found a lump in their testis, 21% would tell their partner and ask them to make a GP appointment, 11% would not tell anyone and look up the information on the internet before making a GP appointment, whilst 8% would consult a family member or friend.

Over 32% of men in Manchester had visited their GP in the last month, compared to the national average of 28%. Manchester scored higher than London (24%), Leeds (20%), Glasgow (17%) and Edinburgh (25%), but was lower than Birmingham (33%), Liverpool (33%) and Brighton & Hove (42%).


Saturday 15th October 2011, Orchid the men’s cancer charity will be undertaking ‘The Big Shave Off’, an exclusive ‘Guinness World Record Shave Off Charity Fundraising Event’ at Manchester Arndale in conjunction with The Gentry Grooming Co and Wilkinson to raise money to support Orchid’s vital research and awareness work into fighting male cancer. The Orchid Team will also be providing valuable advice to Manchester residents on how to check for the signs of male cancer and undertake a men’s health M.O.T.

Orchid exists to save men’s lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through pioneering research and promoting awareness.

They are looking for 1,000 Gentlemen to participate in ‘Guinness World Record Shave Off Charity Fundraising Event’ to beat the current world record for ‘Most Faces Shaved In 8 Hours’ and to raise maximum funds and awareness for Orchid. Participants will have to shave themselves and must have at least 24 hours of stubble. The Gentry Grooming Co’s Shave Experts will be undertaking live tutorials to demonstrate how to achieve a professional shave. Participants will be provided with a razor courtesy of Wilkinson and The 3D Shave Cream courtesy of The Gentry Grooming Co.

To participate (and break a Guinness World Record) join the Orchid men’s cancer charity and The Gentry Grooming Co. on Saturday 15th October 2011 for The Big Shave Off in Hallé Square at Manchester Arndale.

Participants can register at: