It’s Male Cancer Awareness Week, and the Bluebeard’s Revenge’s close charity partner Orchid is pulling out all the stops to persuade men to “Man Up and Check”.
Monday saw the launch of the first Orchid National Male Cancer Helpline, to be supported by a dedicated email service, while the fund-raising 5K River Run, which we reported on last week, begins today at Paternoster Square, London, at 6.30pm.
Over 43,000 men are affected by male cancer each year.
But would you know what to look for?
According to a recent survey of 3000, a worrying two thirds admitted that they didn’t know how to check themselves.
Not only that, but the survey also revealed that single men are less likely to recognise the early signs alone, with office workers least likely to check regularly, and manual workers ignoring symptoms.
Something needs to change.
The Bluebeards Revenge includes details on how to spot the early signs of male cancers inside the packaging for all of our products, so if you’ve never “thought inside your box” then now might be a good time to start.
In the meantime, we’ll go ahead and share some testicle-checking strategies with you – because after all, knowledge is power.
1. The best time to check is after a warm shower or bath, when scrotal skin is in its most relaxed state.
2. Get to know the size, shape and weight of your testicles. It’s normal for many men to have one slightly larger than the other, but it’s important for you to know whether this is your case so that you can tell if things have changed at any point.
3. Hold your scrotum in the palms of your hands and use your fingers and thumbs to check for any lumps or bumps. They should feel smooth, with a soft tube-like section at the top and back of each testicle.
4. If you find anything you are not sure about, then see a doctor . Seriously, we can’t stress how important it is for you not to brush things under the carpet, as cancers that are caught earlier have a much higher rate of survival. The sooner the better, and if you’re quick off the mark then you can avoid losing a testicle. Well worth it, we’d say.
The Orchid helpline will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays, between 10.00am and 5.00pm. For free help and advice, call 0808 802 0010, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about our partnership with Orchid