AWARENESS IS KEY
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15 to 49. Yet, for many young and middle-aged guys, it’s not even on their radar. Over 2,500 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer in the UK, but it is over 98% curable and, when detected early, requires less treatment. Nevertheless, many men don’t like to talk about their balls and find it a struggle to go to the GP. We would like to encourage men to check themselves regularly and feel confident to see a GP if they have any concerns. You can help us.
Our current campaign is #maycontainnuts our collection of recipes on Cookly Bookly. The aim is to raise awareness by sharing a common love of food. If you would like to contribute a recipe we would love to hear from you, email Jonathan Willder.
WEAR THE BAND (OR PANTS)
For just £1, you could buy one of our eye-catching wristbands to help raise awareness of testicular cancer and It’s in the Bag.
Get yours today from our online shop
We run awareness campaigns aimed at young men and their partners, which we would love you to share with your friends and family and on social media.
Our hashtags are: #TEAMIITB #Runyourpantsoff #testicularcancer #Superheropantsday #checkyourballs #pledgetocheck #SupportAwarenessSurvival #hewhocheckswins
CARRY THE CARD, WEAR THE SHIRT, WEAR YOUR PANTS WITH PRIDE
Carry our awareness cards in your wallet or handbag to hand out when the topic of testicles comes up! Wear our unique orange, pants-based merchandise.
KNOW THE FACTS
Familiarise yourself with a couple of key testicular cancer facts. The most important to remember is that over 98% of men with testicular cancer in the UK are cured. It’s also important to get across the message that testicular cancer is most common in young and middle-aged men, and that early diagnosis increases the chance of treatment success.
KEEP CALM AND CHECK YOUR BALLS – IT’S SO WORTH IT.
We received an email in June 2019 from a mother telling us that our message about regular checking is getting through. She has allowed us to share it and we are only too pleased to do so.
“Hi. I just want to thank you for your poster campaign.
My son, aged 27, saw your poster and checked his testicles that night. He found a lump and consulted his GP. He was seen by his local hospital within one week which identified an uneven edged mass. This turned out to be cancerous. He had his right testicle removed the following week. Analysis identified it was cancerous. A further CT scan is clear and no further treatment is required.
Thank you! My son specifically states that the poster made him check. That poster potentially saved his life. I can’t thank you enough.”
Everyone at IITB is very pleased that this has had a positive outcome and that all the hard work that our volunteers put in has made a difference to at least one family. We want to say a big thank you for sharing this too.