03 June 2013

This awkward conversation might save your son's life

Aw, nuts.

I was all ready to write a light-hearted post full of silly puns to share some facts about testicular cancer and the ease and importance of monthly self-exams

But then I got the news that a young man I know was just diagnosed with testicular cancer. He's scheduled for immediate surgery. He'll find out next week if the cancer has spread.

Suddenly this post feels very personal and urgent, so I'll just get straight to the facts.

  • Did you know that Testicular Cancer is the #1 cancer in young men ages 15 to 35? 
  • Did you know that Testicular Cancer is highly survivable if detected early?
  • Did you know that young men should be doing a monthly self-exam in the shower?

Stop by the Testicular Cancer Foundation website to request a FREE shower card with self-exam instructions.

Awkward conversation? You're not alone in feeling that way (watch the video). But it's so important and so easy...and it might save the life of a young man.

Thanks to Jim Higley for drafting me onto the Single Jingles blogging team to spread the word on "Man Up Mondays."

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Getting your fifteen year old to touch himself in the shower? That shouldn't be too difficult.

Heh heh. An anonymous comment I'm willing to let stand because this is so very important. CHECK 'EM, BOYS.

Asha, thanks for the head's up and the post. I was surprised that cancer could hit anyone so young.

I wrote a post on my site for parents who might have a tough time opening this conversation. Some people will, some won't. If any of your reader's think this will be hard, I give some suggestions for making it go better.

Thanks again for you timely info.

I'm partial to this PSA, from a med school colleague of mine:

Julian: That video is..., it's AWESOME. (The blog post is hilarious, too.) I am posting that thing front and center. Thank you SO much for sharing.

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