Steven Halliburton was diagnosed with testicular cancer 4 years ago. He saw a campaign in a builders merchant and it prompted him to check himself for the first time at 45 years old. He found a lump, went to the doctor and was successfully operated on 5 days later.
Ian Lavery MP has given his support to a group of hospital workers who have posed naked for a charity calendar. The men, who work at a Northumberland hospital, are raising awareness of testicular cancer.
Smoking is the highest risk factor when it comes to testicular cancer. Giving up the habit will halve your risk of developing it, as well as reducing the risk of other serious health conditions, such as lung cancer and heart disease. GPs refer people to the NHS Stop Smoking Service.
The NHS advises that men check their testicles regularly and see a GP if any lumps are spotted.
It is best to check yourself after a warm bath. Men should hold the testicles in the palms of their hands, and use fingers and thumbs to examine. Look at the size and the weight, checking individually.
They should feel smooth with no lumps or swellings. It may feel slightly tender, this is nothing to worry about.