It’s not very often that I #talkballs, on my blog! But this is a message that all of us guys need to take on board.
Talk Balls is the newest campaign from UK male cancer charity ORCHID.
It’s really simple, the message is that we must try to talk about male issues. And the best way to do that? Is to start at home, Man to Man, father to son.
The new viral campaign is a humorous take on a serious message; showing a father making numerous attempts to bring up the awkward subject of testicular cancer with his sons. The video cleverly demonstrates that there shouldn’t be any awkwardness because the sons are more than willing to ‘talk balls’ with their Dad.
Alexander Ludwig, sportsperson (and Cato in the Hunger Games) is heading up this campaign with an introduction to the comedic video, that will speak to the adults as much as the kids!
There are some quite startling statistics surrounding testicular Cancer and the first is simply this:
Over 2,200 young men aged 15-44 are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year.
And that is why we need to do all that we can, now.
Alexander Ludwig says, “I know it’s not a comfortable subject to talk about, but we need to talk about it because testicular cancer affects thousands of men and their families each year.”
“Help Orchid spread awareness by sharing this video using the hashtag #talkballs”
The more informed we are as men and boys, the better we can conquer male related cancers.
To that end, visit: www.orchid-cancer.org.uk/testicular-cancer/ for more information, and make sure you check yourself regularly.
Gentlemen, it’s time to #talkballs so without further ado Click Here to see the vid!
Orchid have loads of advice and tips on their website, but here is the NHS guide to: Examining your testicles
Examining your testicles
It’s important for men to examine their testicles regularly, about once a month, for any lumps or swellings. Knowing what’s normal for you will help you to notice any changes.
Most lumps in the testicles are harmless. However, in rare cases, a lump can be a sign of testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is most common in younger men and can be successfully treated if diagnosed early.
The best time to examine your testicles is after a warm bath or shower, when the scrotum is relaxed. Hold your scrotum in the palm of your hand and use your fingers and thumb to gently feel each testicle.
If you feel any lumps or swellings in either testicle, or notice any changes in the shape or size of your testicles, see your GP as soon as possible.
It really is as simple as that, keep your boys In check, by “talking balls” and then checking your balls.
Please please please tweet using the hashtag #talkballs and make sure that the word is spread.
Great write up! Years ago I worked with a woman who’s son (20 at the time) was diagnosed with testicular cancer and it was so hard to see them as a family go through it. Luckily he had a fantastic support structure in his family and friends and he was so young so after the initial shock of it all and doing what he needs to do (surgery etc.) he got through it. I don’t think we talk enough about this! Great work for spreading the word! 🙂
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Great post and totally agree that we need to #talkballs a lot more than we already do.
Cheers Stephen, it’s a really important message so was pleased to get involved in the campaign
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