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Young Men Are Clueless About Testicular Self-Exams

Survey results on if young men know how to do testicular self exams 2016

 

Testicular cancer is the leading cause of cancer in guys age 15-35, yet a January 2016 survey by the Testicular Cancer Society indicates less than half of young men know how to do a testicular self-exam.

 

The Testicular Cancer Society asked 500 young men in the U.S., age 18-34, “Do you know how to do a self-testicular exam?”

42% of the respondents indicated Yes.

43% of respondents indicated No.

16% of respondents indicated I’m Not Sure.

If caught and treated early testicular cancer is almost 100% curable. However, if diagnosed in later stages the survival rates drop and the treatment burdens are increased. A monthly testicular self-exam can help men become more familiar with their bodies, lead to early detection of testicular cancer and possibly save their life because they’ve noticed changes.

 

The men surveyed were ages 18-34 which is troubling because they are in the age group at highest risk for the disease. 

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There is a positive sign in that the 42% of respondents indicated that they did know how to do a testicular self-exam, which is an increase compared to the 32% that indicated the same in the 2015 testicular self-exam survey.

 

Resources from the Testicular Cancer Society are available for helping with self testicular exams and for reminders.

 

Their free Ball Checker app is available on iTunes and Google Play. You can learn more about the app at www.BallChecker.com 

 

They also have a monthly text reminder system with instructions that is available by texting @selfexam to 81810

 

There is also information about testicular self-exams on their website.

 

For more information on this survey, please contact the Testicular Cancer Society.

Only 1 in 3 Guys Know How to Check Their Testicles

chart of guys that know how to do a self testicular exam

 

Testicular cancer is the leading cause of cancer in guys age 15-35, yet a January 2015 survey indicates that only 1 in 3 young men know how to do a self-testicular exam.

 

The Testicular Cancer Society asked 500 young men, age 18-34, in the U.S., “Do you know how to do a self-testicular exam?”

32% of the respondents indicated Yes.

49% of respondents indicated No.

19% of respondents indicated I’m Not Sure.

 

If caught and treated early testicular cancer is almost 100% curable. However, if diagnosed in later stages the survival rates drop and the treatment burdens are increased. A monthly testicular self-exam can help men become more familiar with their bodies, lead to early detection of testicular cancer and possibly save their life because they’ve noticed changes.

 

What is troubling about the survey is that the men surveyed, age 18-34, are also men that are in the age group most at risk for the disease. 

 

In October 2014, the Testicular Cancer Society released their Ball Checker app in hopes of educating more men about how to do self-exams. Besides self-exam instructions, the app, available on iTunes and Google Play, allows men to schedule a reminder to do their monthly self-exam. You can learn more about the app at www.BallChecker.com

 

For more information on this survey, please contact the Testicular Cancer Society.

Live Testicular Exam on The Today Show

I applaud Willie Geist and Carson Daly who underwent a live testicular exam on the TODAY show as part of their “No-Shave Today” programming.

 

While the TODAY show may seem to be on the cutting edge their approach was a bit reserved. The first live testicular exam on television was performed on This Morning, a morning show in the UK, in 1999 by Dr. Chris Steele. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Steele in 2009 and we discussed how censored the U.S. media was about educating on testicular self exams.

 

 

When we spoke over 5 years ago we both joked that no one would have the balls to show real testicles on U.S. television and it appears our visions are still correct as the TODAY show exams were conducted with a bit of smoke and mirrors and cloaked behind closed doors. This is in contrast to another “real” live self testicular exam shown on This Morning again this week.

 

Testicular cancer is the leading cause of cancer in guys age 15-35, but it can occur at any age, so all men should know how to do a monthly self testicular exam. Self testicular exams are the best tool men can use to detect testicular cancer early when it is almost 100% curable. If caught in later stages the outcomes are not as favorable and the treatment burdens are much higher.

 

Age of Testicular Cancer DiagnosisGeist, age 39 and Daly, age 41 are a bit outside of the age range at highest risk as are probably most of the viewers of the TODAY show. However, it isn’t just young men that need to hear these messages. Parents, partners and other loved ones need to be educated and encourage young men to perform their exams monthly and more importantly to go to the doctor if they notice something wrong.

 

 

 

Dr Chris Steele Carrying a Testicle on his backDr. Steele is still my hero as he has carried the world of testicular self exams on his back for the last 15 years. My second hero is testicular cancer survivor and a my great mate Darren Couchman who received a live testicular cancer exam on UK tele as well and also set the Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Self-Check for Testicular Cancer, of which, I was one of the participants.

 

I do wish the TODAY show could have used a few less sophomoric jokes and giggles and instead gave more information about the steps of the procedure. A simple diagram would have at least provided some real education and made the segment less of a media spectacle.

 

You can learn how to do a testicular self exam online or get our Ball Checker app for testicular self exams.  

 

Thanks for Reading,

Mike Signature

 

 

Touch Your Junk, It’s the Biz

Testicular Cancer Awareness at the Carrington College California Health Fair

A Health Fair was held on February 21, 2013 on the Antioch, California campus of Carrington College California and was attended by over 150 students in their LVN Nursing program, Pharmacy Technicians, Dental Assisting, Massage Therapy, and Medical Assistant programs as well as faculty and administrative staff.

 

The Health Fair included a display to spread awareness for Testicular and Breast Cancer and the importance of self exams. The display was playfully titled “Touch your junk, it’s the biz” and included anatomical models of the male and female anatomy as well as hands on displays that allowed participants to feel for lumps in the female breasts and the male testicles.

 

Those who were able to correctly identify the number and size of lumps were awarded with their own set of bouncing balls and/or chicken breast sandwiches. The Health Fair was a huge success and spread the word about testicular cancer to many people who were shocked at the statistics involved and who eagerly collected the brochures to share with their friends, family and loved ones. With a cure rate of 90-100% for early detection, it is a game we can all win with a little awareness and a monthly self exam!

 

 

 

Thanks to Carrington College California for including our brochures in their display.

 

 

 

UCLA Testicular Cancer Webinar

Hear about the latest testicular cancer treatments and how to check for testicular cancer

This live-streaming webinar is presented Dr. Mark S. Litwin.

 

Dr. Litwin is the Chair of Urology at UCLA and Director of their Testicular Cancer Program.

 

Visit www.urology.ucla.edu at 1 p.m. PST, Thursday, February 7, 2013, to join the webinar and ask live questions.

 

Join the conversation on Twitter at @UCLAHealth with hashtag #UCLAMDChat to ask Dr. Litwin questions.

 

Click here to register for this event.

 

This is a great opportunity for testicular cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers to hear first-hand from Dr. Litwin and to be able to ask questions.

 

Hope You Enjoy It,

Touch Your Nutz

A Charitable Touch Foundation has teamed up with the Testicular Cancer Society to help raise awareness for testicular self-exams with their TOUCH YOUR NUTZ – Jewelry That Cares!

25% of each purchase is donated to the Testicular Cancer Society via eBay Giving Works

Touch Your Nutz

 

A Charitable Touch Foundation understands that the key to successful outcomes with testicular cancer starts with early detection and treatment. This simple message in echoed in their high style, classic design TOUCH YOUR NUTZ – Jewelry That Cares! collection.

 

The TOUCH YOUR NUTZ line allows you to show your awareness, share your awareness, rock your style and support the Testicular Cancer Society at the same time.

Get your choker, wrist band and Key Ring today.

A Charitable Touch Foundation is donating 25% of your purchase to the Testicular Cancer Society via eBay Giving Works.

 

Sport Your Support Today. These are NOT your kid’s Awareness Bracelets so be an adult and show your support!!

Mike Craycraft

Skate4Cancer. Check Your Balls. Dream. Love. Cure.

In 2006, when I was first diagnosed with testicular cancer, I learned of Skate4Cancer (S4C). It was back when everyone was on Myspace and I was searching around looking for other people that mentioned being a testicular cancer survivor. I would try to strike up a friendship so that I could learn more about the disease and what to expect.

While searching around I ran into Skate4Cancer (dreamlovecure.org) and I was immediately attracted but it wasn’t just with their Myspace page. I began seeing S4C in other people’s Myspace names and immediately felt like I knew them. S4C was a young, positive voice in the fight against cancer. It was a gathering of people with similar experiences and desires and it was just what I had been looking for. S4C was one of the organizations that I learned from and wanted to emulate when forming the Testicular Cancer Society.

So why am I sharing all of this with you now?

I am excited to share that the Testicular Cancer Society has teamed up with Skate4Cancer as part of their “The Cure Is Knowledge” Check Your Balls Campaign. It excites me that almost 5 years from the day I first found S4C and found hope in their messages that I am now in The Cure Is Knowledge fight with them. The Check Your Balls Campaign is aimed to help educate young men on the importance of self-testicular exams as a way to help fight against testicular cancer. I was able to share my story on their campaign page as well.

With testicular cancer “The Cure Is Knowledge.” Testicular cancer has highly effective treatments yet there are still young men dying from the disease. The reason for this is the lack of knowledge. Too many young men don’t know that they are at risk for testicular cancer, they don’t know how to do or aren’t aware of the importance of self-testicular exams and if they do notice something wrong they don’t seek medical attention soon enough. These delays in diagnosis lead to more complicated treatments and even death.

More on Skate4Cancer

Skate4cancer is an organization founded on the importance of engaging youth in cancer prevention. The skateboard world raised them, so working at a street level is what they know and their grassroots approach reflects it. By spreading this excitement and contagious way of thinking through epic skate marathons around the world, S4C has nurtured a strong, supportive community which they are dedicated to expanding.

Armed with the understanding that 80% of cancers can be prevented with early detection and healthy lifestyles, their “The Cure is Knowledge” campaigns propose that the only cure currently available is knowledge. They aim to create a public awareness of these forms of cancer, emphasizing the importance of understanding our bodies and family histories.

By creating educational campaigns that are easy to understand, they hope to inspire youth to incorporate preventative methods into their busy lives. Their goal is to bring together a community in support of these movements that passes the knowledge on to others. By instilling positive habits in young people they can create a generation of people that are well informed on preventative healthy living and familiarity with their bodies.

Skate4Cancer was somewhat of a crazy dream of Rob Dyer’s and this year they celebrated their 8th anniversary. Check out their short-documentary about the last 8 years.

Testicular Cancer and Cell Phones

The jury is still out as to the risk of testicular cancer caused by cell phones. Instead of jumping into this debate we would rather give you the answer to a different question:

Can cell phones help battle testicular cancer? YES!!

Testicular Cancer Checker, a new free application for iPhone and iPod touch users has been launched by PSJ  Investments Limited from the UK. This app allows you to schedule monthly reminders to conduct self-testicular exams. The user can set the date and time that is convenient for the monthly exam so that it isn’t missed. If someone isn’t sure how to do a self-testicular exam the app takes care of that as well. The app gives detailed instructions and guidance and most importantly reminds the user to see a doctor quickly if a lump is detected.

The Testicular Cancer Checker is available in the AppStore for FREE. Don’t just download the app but be sure to share it with other men. Not only does it serve as a reminder to conduct regular exams but it can also be used to educate other men on how exactly to conduct a self-testicular exam.

Using the app can help you and sharing the app could help save another man’s life.

Would you feel awkward telling another guy about the Testicular Cancer Checker?

Well, why don’t you have him ask you about it?

There is no better way to trigger a conversation about cell phones and testicular cancer than with a little ball swag.

Don’t just protect your iPhone (and balls) but make a statement with Phoneballs!! Yep, silicone iPhone protectors are now available that come with testicles dangling from them. Not only can you protect your phone and create conversation about testicles and testicular cancer but 10% of the proceeds are donated to the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation.

There you go, all the tools you need to use your phone to fight testicular cancer.

Now get out there and spread the word by talking balls!!!

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