Dr. David Fawcett

Where are your hands? Self exams and testicular cancer

Filed By Dr. David Fawcett | January 27, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: gay men's health, Prevention

Every year between 7500 and 8000 men in the United States are diagnosed with testicular cancer. About 1 in 250 men will receive such a diagnosis over the course of their lifetime, but it is most common in men between the ages of 15 and 35, and particularly for men in their twenties. The good news is that is has an extremely high cure rate of 90%, a rate that is even higher if the cancer hasn't metastasized.

The alert editors at Gaywisdom.org have found a video on Youtube that, while humorous and to a certain extent uncomfortable, is extremely important both for information and for overcoming the embarassment of this form of cancer. The video is of British origin. Unfortunately the level of prudishness and even homophobia in the US makes such a home-grown piece unlikely.

This clip is entertaining but vital. Watch it after the jump and go help a friend!

(Possibly NSFW)

Gaywisdom is the blog for the White Crane Institute, an important organization that publishes books and journals related to gay mens' health, art, and spirituality. They sponsor the Gay Men's Health Movement Leadership Academy (of which I am a proud graduate), the Queer Spirit conference, and other events such as the White Crane/ James White Poetry Prize for excellence in gay men's poetry.


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