Testicular cancer is the most common disease for men between the ages of 15 to 45 years old. In the UK alone, around 2’000 men are diagnosed every year. But why are we still so embarrassed to discuss it and are men doing enough regular “self-checks”?
The male cancer charity, Orchid, has released new research suggesting that more than a third of men wait at least a few weeks before visiting their GP after finding a lump.
Rebecca Porta, chief executive of Orchid, said we should be encouraging self-checks and the seeking of medical advice and information.
She said, “It can be a challenge to get men to take their health seriously.”
Gayle Adams, cancer nurse specialist with the NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Early detection is key and can often save lives.
“Men should not be embarrassed to seek medical help.”
In a recent investigation by The Awkward Pint, our interviewees said they more information was readily available for women’s cancer over men’s.
Figures show that most cases of testicular cancer are recorded between the ages of 25 to 30. But alarmingly, those we interviewed guessed between the ages of 30 to 40.
Further to this, some of those intervieweed said it was simply something they would not think to regurarly do.
The ‘Everyman Campaign’, headed by the Institure of Cancer Research, has reported a 95% curability rate if caught early, so it is alarming that so many men are failing to ‘self-check’.
This is ‘The Pint’s’, Meg Baldwin, out in the field, on the investigation and asking the rather awkward question, ‘Do you check your balls?’
If you are worried that you may have a problem related to this issue, please visit your local GP. Or for more general information, please visit orchid-cancer.org.uk