Thursday, 25 February 2016

Orchid - Fighting Male Cancer





For their awareness month, male cancer charity Orchid wants all men to check themselves for the signs of testicular cancer as part of their #CheckYourChaps campaign. The charity have just completed surveying the British public, revealing that on average only 32% of men are regularly checking themselves. Young men are even less likely to check themselves (only 1 in 4 do!) which is worrying as testicular cancer most commonly affects those aged between 15 and 45.

The charity is also asking women to help encourage their partners or family members to put their hands down their pants a little more often – at least once a month anyway. Whether that’s a partner, mum, grandparent, sister, aunty or friend – everyone has a part to play.

Each year, around 2,200 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer and 60 young men will die of the disease. But that doesn’t need to be the case. If it is caught early, the cure rate is over 98%, so the best way to fight testicular cancer is simply to check regularly.


How to #CheckYourChaps:

1. Check the entire surface of each testicle separately, and carefully. After a shower is best, when everything is relaxed

2. Roll each testicle between the thumb and forefinger to check that the surface is free of lumps or bumps. Do not squeeze!

3. Get to know your balls; their size, texture, anatomy, magnificence. Identify the epididymis or sperm collecting tube, often mistaken for an abnormal lump that runs behind each testicle

4. Having your partner check too is always a good thing as they may be more likely to notice any problems

and help give you the support to get you to do something about itIf you feel any abnormality on the testicle, you should go to your doctor and get it checked at the earliest opportunity.

How you can support Orchid during Male Cancer Awareness Month


You can show your support for Orchid by buying the ‘The Meaning of Husbands’ book, a new addition to the popular ‘The Meaning of Everything’ series. £1 from each sale goes straight to Orchid and the entertaining quotes and many valuable life lessons have been inspired by husbands (and wives) all over the world.

Get your copy from: www.meaningofeverything.com/Books


For further information on testicular cancer, visit www.yourprivates.org.uk

24 comments:

  1. such an important issue, well done for highlighting it.The books look interesting too, I'm off for a peak.

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    1. It really is and with men being funny about talking to their doctors about such things but they need to realise they have seen it all a million times. The book will do well I think x

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  2. Such an important thing to highlight. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. I was only too happy to share, as you say, so important x

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  3. You highlight some brilliant causes on here Angela - I've learned a lot about things I really should already know so thank you very much x x

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    1. Aww thank you. Being honest, I have also learned a lot too by writing them. xx

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  4. Such a great charity to be raising awareness for. Men seem to forget about their own health.

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    1. yes they do! I was just saying that to my husband and he just nodded in agreement! x

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  5. Male Health need to be as in your face as women health and just as important for women to know as well ... we can do some sneaky checking as well :)

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    1. Yes!! 100% agree with you on this! Male health needs to be highlighted as much as female health x

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  6. Male health is very important and as a mother of 4 boys I will encourage them to check

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    1. I will be encouraging Liam to check when he is older too. More awareness on male health should be out there I feel x

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  7. This is so important. One of my close friends had testicular cancer at 22

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    1. I am sorry to hear that. More awareness is needed x

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  8. Very important message, hope men became aware of this campaign and do regular checks.xx

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    1. I hope so too! I had my husband read this and he has promised to check himself regularly xx

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  9. So, so important. Thanks for sharing. I'll remind my husband. Mich x

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    1. I was only too happy to share such an important message x

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  10. I'm not sure whether my OH has ever done this. I'll have to speak to him about it.

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    1. It is an important conversation to have xx

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  11. Emailing this to all the men in my live! So important to raise awareness x

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    1. Feel free to share everywhere you can xx

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  12. So important to remind the chaps to check for abnormalities, there's so much awareness that needs raising isn't there? For all cancers.

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    1. It is very important for them to check. I agree, more needs to be done to raise awareness for all cancers x

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