British men are being actively encouraged to get to know up close and personal with their nuts to get to know them better, all in a good cause of course. Male cancer awareness month is an annual event that aims to highlight the symptoms of male cancers and in particular testicular cancer which unlike the others is more likely to affect younger men.
A collaboration between Macmillan, the leading cancer support charity in the UK and the law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse has compiles a simple guide which aims to answer the most common questions about testicular cancer, including all the symptoms and the long term impact the disease, which accounts for approximately 1% of all male cancer diagnoses, can have on sufferers.
Many men who discover testicular lumps often avoid consulting medical advice because of embarrassment or concerns about treatment. Medical negligence solicitor, Mark Bowman at Field Fisher Waterhouse says: “It can be incredibly tough for many men to talk about what to do or how to act upon discovery of any testicular lumps. Many men struggle to express their feelings or concerns as to how any testicular lump may affect their sex life or longer term plans for children.”
The number of cases of testicular cancer that are diagnosed each year in the UK has roughly doubled since the mid-1970s. Experts at Field Fisher Waterhouse believe that a large number of these cases could have been avoided with early detection, particularly if men were less afraid to seek medical attention.
Victoria Douglass Kingdon, 43 from Tunbridge Wells lost her husband Gareth to testicular cancer in 2006 just 7 months after the birth of their son Gus.
Victoria said: “Something needs to change dramatically to make men take their health seriously. Whatever the cause, men seem reluctant to consult a GP, or talk to friends and family, if they have a health concern. Just as every woman should check for lumps and go for mammograms for breast cancer, simple checks can save lives. Early detection plays a critical part in survival, not just for cancer but for all health problems. Get checked.”
According to Cancer Research UK, fewer than 4 in every 100 testicular lumps are cancerous. And, thanks to advancements in treatment, 97.2% of adult testicular cancer patients in England survived for 5 years or more.
Mark Bowman of Field Fisher Waterhouse continues: “Seeking advice and information as soon as you notice any changes or cause for concern is key. We hope this campaign helps to provide relevant information to men who are unable to speak to friends and family, whilst encouraging them to seek professional advice.”
Visit www.ffw.com/personalinjury/news/2013/jun/testicular-cancer.aspx for more information from Field Fisher Waterhouse.