Male Uprising in Guernsey educates about checking for testicular cancer

September 25th, 2013 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

Male Uprising in Guernsey, working with the Guernsey Education Department’s Sexual Health and Relationship Educators team (SHARE), has created a new educational DVD to raise awareness of testicular cancer amongst secondary school boys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEXljKwE2zQ

The Check Your Balls video has been made with Guernsey sportsmen Luke Jones, Ryan-Zico Black, Jason Winch, Ross Kneller and Ben Ferbrache.

The video aims to drive home the message about testicular cancer.

Gary Burgess, himself a survivor of testicular cancer, has backed the project and presents the video which will be shown to year 11 boys from September 2013.

“We’ve been using the same educational film in schools for years. It was so out-of-date and had little appeal for our students,” Julie Duquemin of SHARE said.

“We asked MUG for help and they have more than delivered,” she said.

“We have worked very closely with them to make this new DVD.”

“It’s much more current and relevant to our pupils who look up to the local sportsmen who appear in the film,” Julie Duquemin said.

Julie and the team at SHARE will start using the film as part of their secondary schools programme, which is in place to help educate young people about sexual health.

As well as giving pupils the facts they need about testicular cancer it aims to break down any embarrassment about the disease and encourage men to make testicular self-examination part of their routine.

Alongside the new educational film, MUG is launching a high profile marketing campaign aimed at raising awareness of testicular and other male cancers.

Local sportsmen have given their time to help MUG. They have agreed to bare (nearly) all to raise awareness of this disease.

Ryan-Zico Black (football), Stephen Adam (volleyball), Martin Yabsley (basketball), Luke Jones (rugby) and many others will appear in advertising sites around Guernsey and in local publications.

Luke Jones, now playing rugby with the Cornish Pirates, was happy to be involved.

“It’s important to break down taboos around men’s health,” he said.

“As sportsmen we are very aware of our bodies; health and fitness is paramount to us, and if we can encourage that attitude in others, particularly young men, then that’s a step in the right direction,” Luke Jones said.

A social media campaign using Facebook and Twitter will aim to spread the message and engage more with the 15 to 44 year old target age group.

Guernsey sportsmen promote awareness of checking for testicular cancer (click image to expand - image courtesy of MUG ©Renegade Photography)

Guernsey sportsmen in Beau Sejour Leisure Centre stand in front of campaign billboard to promote awareness of checking for testicular abnormalities (click image to expand – image courtesy of MUG ©Renegade Photography)

Guernsey islanders will see the campaign in the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre on a large advertising site which has been lent to the charity by Legis Group.  The campaign posters will also appear on the back of a bus; in pubs and across Guernsey media.

Rugby, tennis, hockey, football, cricket, volleyball, basketball and golf are all represented in the posters, which will be distributed to sports clubs around the island.

Stuart Platt-Ransom, group managing director of Legis Group, said that lending MUG the advertising site would hopefully really enhance the charity’s campaign.

“This is a hugely worthwhile initiative and we’re very happy to be able to help out in this way.”

“The advertising site in the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre foyer is such a prime location for the centre’s sports users.”

“Hopefully it will really help to raise awareness of MUG and the key messages of this campaign,” he said.

Trevor Kelham, MUG founder said “we want to get people talking about men’s cancers.”

MUG's testicular cancer awareness campaign poster on the back of a Guernsey bus (click image to expand - image courtesy of MUG ©Renegade Photography)

MUG’s testicular cancer awareness campaign supported by Guernsey’s premier male athletes is carried on the back of a Guernsey bus (click image to expand – image courtesy of MUG ©Renegade Photography)

“We want all men to check themselves and get anything they are worried about checked out at the doctors. And we want their wives, mothers and girlfriends to give their men the reminder that we all too often need,” he said.

Dan Collins, a MUG council member and survivor of testicular cancer, agreed.

“Testicular cancer is relatively rare, but it’s the most common cancer among younger men and if caught early the treatment has fewer side effects,” he said.

“We hope this campaign will get men talking about men’s health and all male cancers.”

Symptoms of testicular cancer

  • A lump or swelling in either testicle.
  • A dull ache in a testicle, the groin or in the lower stomach.
  • A testicle dragging or feeling heavy.
  • An enlarged testicle.
  • A change in the shape or size of your testicle.
  • An increase in firmness of a testicle.

How to check

  • Check for lumps in the bath or shower when the testes hang down more and are easier to feel
  • Be aware of what to look for
  • Regular self-examination will help detect any changes in the testicles and help you to know what is normal for you
  • Compare one testicle with the other
  • Roll each testicle between your thumb and finger to check for lumps or swellings

If there is anything unusual or you notice any of the symptoms then see your doctor straight away. Most lumps are harmless but if there is a problem early detection makes treatment easier and more effective.

 

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