By Holly Barry
The co-founder of the Balls to Cancer campaign has urged students not to feel embarrassed about checking their testicles.
Mark Bates made his comments ahead of the charity’s visit to Birmingham City University this week.
“Testicular cancer is the biggest killer in teenage boys which is why it is important to raise awareness to those in this age group.
“We want to take away the stigma and embarrassment about talking about testicular cancer.”
Figures show 200,000 men are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK, killing 10 men an hour.
Balls to Cancer will set up a stand outside the Students’ Union on Friday, 20th March, to offer advice and and answer questions about testicular cancer.
“We hope to spread the awareness to other males in the student body and hopefully getting them to spread the message to their friends and family. We are trying to get as many people knowing about testicular cancer as we can.
“We’ve got a long way to go to encourage people to come forward and talk about it. Student life is the worst area as you are away from home and your parents. Some boys won’t even talk to their mum about it so it is difficult to talk to strangers about the issue.”
The charity has spread its campaign across the globe in a bid to raise awareness about testicular cancer.
Mark believes the organisation is having an impact:
“There have been hundreds of people who have found out that they have testicular cancer from speaking to us. We work worldwide so we have many cases. We say if you don’t check, you don’t know. It can spread throughout your body like many other cancers do.
“Don’t think twice about getting it checked.”
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