APRIL is Testicular Awareness Month, and The Robin Cancer Trust is bringing men together from across the world to break the world record for ‘The largest simultaneous self-check for testicular cancer’, virtually. The Essex based Robin Cancer Trust was founded by Toby Freeman after tragically losing his brother Robin, aged just 24, to the disease.
The virtual world-record attempt will take place at 2pm on Saturday 3rd April on Zoom, and the charity aims to bring hundreds of men together to beat the current record of 236 (please note: all checks will be performed underneath underwear!) Attendees and those supporting the campaign are asked to share the hashtags #TalkingBollocks #TesticularCancerAwarenessMonth and tag the charity @rctcharity to show their support for the campaign.
2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year in the UK (more than 6 per day), with it being most common in men aged 15-45. Testicular cancer is also on the rise – incidence rates have increased by more than a quarter since the early 1990s. However, it’s also one of the most curable forms of cancer, if caught early, it’s 98% curable, which is why monthly self-checks are so important.
Toby Freeman, Founder & CEO of The Robin Cancer Trust, said:
“We want to bring men together for this event to raise awareness, reduce embarrassment and save lives. Testicular cancer is 98% curable if detected early and can affect men as young as 15. 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year in the UK – that’s more than 6 per day, so it is vital we all know how to check, how often to check and that we educate the younger generation that this is a Cancer which can and does affect their age group. We want to educate every man in the UK how to check themselves once a month.”
In support of the campaign, Richard Herring, stand-up comedian, added:
“As one of the newest members of the one ball club, I would encourage all men to not only give themselves a little once over every few weeks but also to do it as part of this event and get their ball or balls into the Guinness Book of Records. Good luck to you (b)all.”
The virtual event is free to join, and participants can sign up here: