Nottingham Trent Students Union have put up an interactive stand for students to engage with as part of Testicular Cancer Month.
The stand has some information on how students can effectively check for lumps that might be signs of cancer.
It also has an interactive aspect, with two sets of balls for students to feel for lumps. This is to show how hard lumps are to find and students need to be through when checking.
This stand will be running every Tuesday and Friday at all of Nottingham Trent’s campuses.
Zoë Mallet, the NTSU VP for Community and Welfare, explained that it was important to not only raise awareness for men, but for everyone.
“70% of men don’t actually check, often their partners find them [the lumps],” she said.
Events like this are there to help break down the stigma surrounding Testicular Cancer
On average, one person a week dies of testicular cancer, and one in 215 UK males will be diagnosed with this form of cancer in their lifetime. It mostly affects men between 15 to 49 years old.
Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer, and it has one of the best outlooks for cancers. Mortality rates have decreased by more than four-fifths since the 1970s, it is still important that people are aware of this type of cancer.
The Macmillan helpline number is 0808 808 00 00 and is open from Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.
Cancer Research UK also has more information about testicular cancer and other types of cancer.
By Kieran Burt
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