An NHS health and wellbeing coach from Lytham has teamed up with a charity that supports men with testicular cancer to encourage men in the area to check themselves regularly.
Gaynor Caldwell works as part of the Lytham St Annes Primary Care Network, a group of GP practices who work together to improve health in their area. She has teamed up with Jack Broadley, founder of the charity Baggy Trousers UK. During Men’s health week (14-20 June) they will be working together on social media and with local organisations to promote the importance of checking for and detecting signs of testicular cancer early.
Gaynor will be providing information in her area and will be out and about with promotional materials and a selfie board for people to be pictured with to share their support on social media.
Testicular cancer is a relatively rare type of cancer with around 2,300 men diagnosed each year in the UK.
Although it’s relatively uncommon overall, testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer to affect men between the ages of 15 and 49.
Typical symptoms are a painless swelling or lump in 1 of the testicles, or any change in shape or texture of the testicles. The swelling or lump can be about the size of a pea but may be larger.
Gaynor said: “The point of our work this week is to use Jack’s experience as a survivor to engage with other young men to make sure they understand the importance of regularly checking down there.
“See a GP if you notice a swelling, lump or any other change in 1 of your testicles. Lumps within the scrotum can have many different causes, and testicular cancer is rare. Only a very small minority of scrotal lumps or swellings are cancerous. For example, swollen blood vessels and cysts in the tubes around the testicle are common causes of testicular lumps.”
Baggy Trousers UK is a cancer charity based in the North West of England, it was founded by Jack Broadley in 2014. After going through his own experience of testicular cancer at the age of 21, Jack decided to take on this challenge to embark on a journey that would inspire him to helping others that have been affected by the illness that he’d once had. Jack felt an inherent urge to make a difference in the lives of males affected by testicular cancer and that, with the charity being run by a survivor, he could get the message across to others by the telling of his experience.
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