27 year old Tommy, from Middlesbrough, is urging men to check their balls.
Tommy Dunn discovered he had testicular cancer after a trip to A&E with pain in his balls. He originally was not going to tell people about his ordeal but has decided to speak out to encourage more men to take the life saving checks.
“In the last three weeks,” he says, “my life has been flipped upside down and I was keeping it to myself due to the sensitivity but I think men need to know this.
“A few weeks ago, I had some pain and found a lump below. I went to the GP and they believed it would be something else and told me I’d need to wait two weeks for an ultrasound scan. The pain was that bad I went to A&E to find out I had testicular cancer.
“I had to have it removed ASAP and this operation was completed within twelve days. Now unfortunately I may need further treatment such as chemotherapy. I’ve had trips to A&E with pain and I’m so fatigued. I never thought in a million years that this would happen to me. No family history or anything. Completely random and unexpected.
“Boys, I’ll say it straight, check your balls! If you find a lump, go to A&E and do not say you will wait for that ultrasound! Get it! It could save your life!
“I’m terrified of what’s next but I’m a fighter. Always have been. Always will be. I wanted to post this for Movember to raise awareness and ask all my mates to check their parts.”
More than 98% of men who get testicular cancer will be cured.
A charity called It’s in the Bag have provided some helpful advice to encourage men to do a regular ball-check.
The charity says, “Testicular cancer is the most common cancer of 25 to 49-year-old men (but it happens to younger and older guys too). If you’re male and aged 15+, a simple monthly ball-check will give you the best chance of beating the disease should it ever happen to you.”
The charity have also produced this helpful video to explain how to make that life saving check.