Published On: Fri, Apr 4th, 2014 on 11:30 am

Yorkshire men losing out in testicular cancer battle, research reveals

Doctor And Patient

Research has revealed that over two thirds of Yorkshire men don’t know how to check themselves for the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer.

A recent survey of 3,000 men carried out by UK male cancer charity Orchid found that 70% of men in Yorkshire and The Humber admitted that they don’t know how to check themselves.

Over half of them (56%) would shy away from showing their GP if they discovered a lump, an early symptom of testicular cancer.

London-based charity Orchid are now urging males to take a few minutes to learn how to carry out simple self checks and recognise the early warning signs and symptoms.

Orchid Chief Executive Rebecca Porta said: “Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged between 15-45 years, with around 2200-2300 men being diagnosed each year.

“Awareness of the disease has improved in the past five years, but these findings show that vital life-saving health messages still aren’t reaching the vast majority of men.”

If caught early, testicular cancer can be 98% curable.

One male living in West Yorkshire, who preferred to remain anonymous, made a quick decision in 2009 after he went to his GP and complained about feeling discomfort in his scrotum.

He advised: “Speak to your GP. Don’t die of embarrassment. But keep going, this can be treated, this can be dealt with.

“Don’t look at things from the lowest point and assume they will always look the same.”

Male Cancer Awareness Week is running from 7 April to 13 April.

To mark the week, Orchid is launching its first confidential, freephone Male Cancer Helpline so those who have concerns relating to male specific cancers will be able to seek specialist advice and support.

Nurse Specialists will be available every Monday and Wednesday from 10am-5pm on 0808 802 0010, and can also be contacted via email at helpline@orchid-cancer.org.uk.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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