Men urged to learn how to check for cancer signs

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TWO out of three men in the borough don’t know how to check themselves for the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer prompting health chiefs to send out strong warnings ahead of Male Cancer Awareness Week (April 7-13).

Research conducted by the male cancer charity Orchid, reveals that 88 per cent of men nationwide recognise that a lump in the testes could be a sign of testicular cancer – but worryingly, men still aren’t acting on their knowledge. Sixty six per cent of men in the North West admit that they don’t know how to check themselves and over half (53 per cent) would shy away from showing their GP if they discovered a lump. Now, Dr Paul Turner, Wigan Council consultant in public health, has issued fresh calls for men to educate themselves in the battle against the condition.

Dr Turner said: “Testicular cancer is uncommon, however, it is important that men know about it. The good news is that most cases are curable but, as with most cancers, one improves the chance of cure by treating it early.

“Therefore, I strongly advise men that if they find a lump in a testicle or notice any other change in a testicle while, for example, having a shower or a bath that they see their GP as soon as possible. Most lumps are not due to cancer.

“Therefore, seeing your GP early can save you from days or weeks of worry. If, however, it does turn out to be cancer then in the majority of cases (over 95 per cent) it can be cured.

“In Wigan borough there are on average 13 new cases of testicular cancer each year but deaths from the disease in the borough, on average, equate to one every three years.”

“Unlike most cancers where the risk increases with age, testicular cancer is most common in men aged 15 to 45.”

Orchid is launching a confidential, freephone Male Cancer Helpline on April 7.

Specialist advice will be available every Monday and Wednesday (10am-5pm) on 0808 802 0010 or email: