This week the footballer John Hartson was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The cancer has unfortunately spread to his brain and lungs and he is seriously ill. Hartson was a bit of a hero of mine. Together with Paul Kitson, he saved West Ham from relegation in the late 1990s.
I was looking at the Miserable Old Fart blog this afternoon and came across this video which demonstrates how to examine yourself for testicular cancer. Eighty five per cent of my blog readers are men so I thought it worthwhile asking: When was the last time you examined yourself for abnormalities in your testicles? If it was more than a month ago, do me a favour, watch the video and cop a feel now!
As Miserable Old Fart points out...
Unfortunately some of the most at risk group will not be able to view this video. It is age restricted because it shows real testicles so people between 15 and 21 are not allowed to view it due to US obscenity laws!
Testicular cancer is most prevalent amongst young men aged 15 - 35, so a large section of those who need to know how to check their own balls are denied on line video advice! That is immoral, disgusting and unacceptably obscene!
I imagine that in total, about 40,000 people will read this blogpost. If a single one of you discovers an abnormality as a result of reading this, and then gets it successfully treated, I will regard posting this as fully worthwhile.
Here endeth the lesson. Excuse me while I go to the bathroom :)