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”?
This time last year, Tom Grant got the shock of his life when told his dad, Tony had cancer.
“My parents first new something was wrong when my dad started bleeding when he went to the toilet. But they didn’t tell us for months because they had all the pre-checks. They sat us down and told us, just around when I was supposed to be going back to finish University.”
Tom, 22, from Milton Keynes, is the eldest of three children alongside his brother Charlie, 20 and sister Shannon, 14. His dad Tony, 51, runs his own building company; Thomas Charles Grant, named after his sons. He was diagnosed with ‘colorectal cancer’ or cancer of the lower bowel last February.
A mantle piece ordained with alcohol in various stages of consumption, pizza menus ripped up to provide filters for fags, mugs growing insulin, anally organised stacks of DVDS and video games. Welcome to the house of Harry, George, Robin and Piers, students at Sheffield Hallam University. The Awkward Pint digs out the Dettol for their dirty kitchen and even dirtier minds.
Harry, 22, says: “Keeping the place clean is a battle. But it’s fun, we always have guest.”
All four boys are in committee for Hallam’s Snow sports club, SHU Snow. They live together, work together and play together.
“Our house is pretty much the hub for SHU Snow. It’s a shelter for our veteran members and fresher’s obviously,” says Piers, 20. Continue reading →