Why Movember matters… part 1
On the 15th of November the Manchester Mosquitoes, one of the 8 AFLCNE clubs, host a charity Aussie Rules tournament to raise money for the Movember foundation. Read more about the tournament here. This charity raises money for men’s illnesses and in the lead up we’re looking at what we’re raising money for.
In part one of why Movember matters is Testicular Cancer.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 25-49 with the peak age of when a man is diagnosed 30-34 years old. With over 2,000 men diagnosed each year the rate of diagnosis has doubled in the past 50 years. It won’t have escaped you that most of the men playing in our league and running our clubs fall into these age brackets. The good news is there is no link between sporting injuries, hot baths or tight clothes and developing testicular cancer.
Treatment of testicular cancer can involve surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. As with all cancers the earlier it’s found the sooner treatment can start. So it’s important to know how to check your testicles.
But how do I check myself?
Well another AFLCNE club the Wolverhampton Wolverines have that covered for you. Do you remember the TV series Embarrassing Bodies? They were on it showing you how to check your balls. All you need to know about how to check yourself for lumps are in this 5 minute video and if they can get them out on national television there’s no excuse for not checking yours in the privacy of your own home.
When checking yourself you should look out for the following
- Swelling or a lump in either testicle (usually painless)
- A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
- Change in the size and shape of the testicles
- Aches or pain in the lower abdomen or groin
- A sudden build-up of fluid in the scrotum
- Pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
- Enlargement or tenderness of the breast tissue
If you notice something that causes you concern, don’t sit on it hoping it will go away, go and see your doctor.
We hope as many players, spectators and supporters can come along to the Movember tournament and be involved to raise money to make it as big a success as possible. If you can’t make it but still want to contribute you can donate at the following link:
If you want to help or be involved with the tournament contact Ben Sweetman email: email@example.com.