August 19, 2008

Time to Check Yourself Guys

Twenty five years ago prostate cancer was talked about only in whispers, evidence of a prudish attitude that must have cost countless male lives.

Unlike their female counterparts, who seemed more open to discussing their health with friends and health professionals, it proved harder to persuade men to examine their bodies and almost impossible to convince them to visit their GP.

Now, thanks to the openness of men's health pioneers, prostate cancer is spoken about more openly and awareness has increased.

Sports stars like Ryan Jones have put their considerable influence behind a series of high-profile publicity campaigns which have resulted in a boost for research. Thanks to that research, we know that testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men aged between 15 and 44.

As the amount of research increases, treatment improves, so that the nature of surgery, the skill of the surgeons and the effect of radiotherapy improve.

We now know testicular cancer is 99 per cent curable, if it is caught early enough, and the overall cure rate is more than 95 per cent.

What greater incentive to examine yourself could there be?

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