SOURCE: The Movember Foundation

Movember Canada

March 31, 2016 05:30 ET

The Movember Foundation Asks Men to Take Matters Into Their Own Hands and to Get to 'Know Thy Nuts'

As the Number One Global Funder of Testicular Cancer Programs, the Movember Foundation is Using April, Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, to Ask Men to Get to Know Their Nuts a Little Better

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - March 31, 2016) - Recent research carried out by the Foundation highlights the very real need for men to be more informed of the risks they face and how they can check for signs.

The majority (57%) of men aged 18-45 that we surveyed said they have never performed a testicular self-examination or didn't know what one was and a similar number (59.4%) identified that they only go to the doctor once they are sure that something is wrong, if they go at all. These are alarmingly high statistics and highlight the need for increased awareness of the issue.

Testicular cancer predominantly affects men between the ages of 15-29. In Canada, it is the most common cancer diagnosed. Incredibly, only around a quarter of men surveyed knew the highest risk age-group. This is a young man's cancer -- not a disease for old men. The men who are diagnosed and sometimes die from this disease are often in their 30's making it all the more critical that awareness levels around the issue are improved. Current treatments mean that the vast majority of these men will survive, however a small proportion will still lose their life. Even one death is too many men cut down in their prime in our mind.

Sam Gledhill, Testicular Cancer Lead at the Movember Foundation says, "Despite being the most common cancer in young men, testicular cancer is often a forgotten cancer. The reality is that if detected early then Testicular Cancer is highly curable, so raising awareness of how to check yourself is incredibly important."

So, this April, we're letting it all hang out and are encouraging guys to get know their nuts a little better and if they notice any lumps, swelling, pain or anything that doesn't feel right, to see a doctor. This Testicular Cancer Awareness month we want men to:

  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer.
  • Get to know what feels normal for them.
  • If they notice something feels unusual or hurts, seek advice from a trusted doctor.
  • If they don't have one already, find a doctor they trust and talk to them about any concerns they have.

Sam Gledhill continues, "Our ultimate goal is to see a world where no man dies of testicular cancer. Currently, as many as 1 in 20 men who have testicular cancer still die from the disease. We're working to prevent this by funding global projects to better understand the biology of testicular cancer and to support men through their journey. With your help, we can continue to fund research and services needed for our sons, brothers, partners and mates to live happier, healthier and longer lives."

If you're feeling ballsy and would like to support the Foundation's testicular cancer work, check out the products that have been created to help mark Testicular Cancer Awareness month 2016:

  • Limited edition, Know Thy Nuts, soap-on-a-rope -- the perfect shower partner for any man
  • Limited edition 'Check yourself before you wreck yourself' boxer short and sock set
  • Or, you can make a general donation by heading to Movember.com

This April, get a little hands-on. Get to know thy nuts.

About the Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is an independent, global men's health charity with a vision to have an everlasting impact on the face of men's health. Operating in 21 countries, the Foundation is committed to driving significant improvements for men's health issues -- prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. The organizational goals are achieved globally through strategic funding of research and health programs directly through the Foundation and via men's health partners. The Foundation is dependent upon funds raised through its annual awareness campaign. During November each year, the Movember campaign is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts. Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days and through their actions prompt conversations around issue of men's health. For more information please visit Movember.com. Movember is a registered charity in Canada -- BN 848215604 RR0001.

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    Jon Tower Akerman
    jon.akerman@movember.com
    416-768-0246
    Director, Marketing & Communications -- Canada