Petanque players are gathered in one place and one of them explains how he takes care of his "stuff": for his new campaign of testicular cancer awareness, launched Tuesday, November 6, Movember and Cerhom (French association of the fight against human cancer, testicular cancer, prostate cancer and genitourinary cancers) chose humor.
"We can not laugh at our material, we really have to take care of it, it's vital," explains one of the men in the video, all series actors or filmmakers. Among them, Theo Bertrand's "The Most Beautiful Life," Frederic Bouraly's "Household Scenes," or Theo Fernandez, who shot "The Tuches." All these actors sensitize to a taboo subject: the health of the testicles.
Self-palpation can very simply detect any abnormal mass in a testicle. Also, it's easy because it's comparative. If there is an abnormal mass or shape, you should see a doctor to see if it is a tumor. Men usually take time to consult, while the 5-year survival rate for testicular cancer is 99% when taken on time.
The male complex
According to the American Dr. Jay Raman, this is due to the "male complex", men prefer to wait and see if the problem is not solved before showing their intimate parts to a health professional. Some fear the removal of the testicle and this anxiety may delay the time of the first consultation.
Testicular cancer affects young men, between puberty and 40 years, but can also appear around the age of 50. The video of prevention ends with a final message to promote self-palpation: "Testicular cancer is not a game; be sure to regularly inspect your material."
Movember is not just a mustache!
The Movember Foundation has become famous for its awareness campaign, which every year in November encourages men to cultivate a mustache to talk about male cancers, which are mainly testicular cancer and prostate cancer.
The association also raises funds for research. In 2015, a study carried out with these donations made it possible to highlight the role of family genetics in the onset of testicular cancers: in 49% of cases, inherited genetic defects are at the origin of the disease.
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