Testicular cancer is very much a young person's disease and is most commonly found in men aged between 15 and 34.
However, many men have either never checked themselves or are unsure how to perform a self-examination. In order to raise awareness of testicular cancer, GAA star, Jason Hughes, Emlyn Mulligan, Lee Chin and Killian Clarke are encouraging men to start a conversation on the disease and 'cop a feel'.
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month which takes place throughout the month of April is to educate the country about what’s normal and most importantly, what’s not.
"I’m proud to raise awareness for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and get guys around the country to #KnowThyNuts. Even now, it can be difficult for young men to talk about subjects like testicular cancer, even though it’s absolutely a conversation we need to be having. It’s so important to check yourself and see a doctor if you notice anything unusual – I’m grateful for the opportunity to spread the word!” former senior Monaghan footballer Jason Hughes said.
Highlighting just how few men know about the disease, Neil Rooney, Movember Country Manager said: “While testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men, it’s largely overlooked and many men simply are not aware of the signs they need to look out for. Partnering with the GAA, we’re going balls out for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and asking guys and their partners to #KnowThyNuts”
Encouraging guys to get to know their nuts a little better and if they notice any lumps, pain or swelling, to see a doctor, Movember has the following tips to perform a self-examination:
- Find somewhere comfortable; a warm environment is best, so hop in the shower, soap up and cop a feel
- Roll one nut between the thumb and fingers, checking for lumps, swelling or anything that doesn’t feel quite right
- (Lather, rinse) repeat with the other nut
- If something feels unusual or hurts, seek advice from a doctor
Head to Movember.com to find out more information.
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