Speaking openly about our genitals and their state of health is considered as taboo, so it’s understandable that moms would shy away from addressing the topic with their teenage sons.
As a mom, you have an important role to play when it comes to keeping your boys (partners and sons) safe from testicular cancer, so take the time to talk about testicles to save their lives in the long run.
What is testicular cancer?
Testicular cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 39 and claims the lives of many young men who are often too scared or embarrassed to speak up when it comes to finding lumps or irregularities in their testicles.
Dare Devil Run has four tips for you to turn “the talk” into a healthy dialogue between you and your boys, with useful facts about testicular cancer to bear in mind.
- Create the right environment – Let your son know that he can chat to you about anything that might be on his mind. This doesn’t have to be limited to his health, but can include other aspects of his life that are bugging him such girls, school, friendships or how much he hates mathematics (just like you probably did) without worrying about you scolding him. He’ll then feel comfortable enough to talk about even the most embarrassing issues he’s facing, such as having an ache in his testicles.
- Look out for the signs – While most men become a lot less vocal about aches and pains as they get older, there are some telltale signs you can look out for that could indicate a problem. For instance, if you notice that he’s experiencing pain in the lower abdomen or back, or if he seems to be experiencing any pain or swelling in his legs, it’s a good idea to book an appointment with the doctor for a checkup as soon as possible.
- Make sure he knows how to check himself – Many doctors recommend that boys perform a self-examination of their testicles from the age of 15, and that they do this at least once a month to ensure early detection of the disease. It’s as easy as feeling around after a warm shower or bath for any hard lumps, as well as any noticeable changes to the size, shape and appearance of the testicles. If you’re not up for explaining the process to him, you can simply direct him to the Cancer Association of South Africa’s
- Make it a family affair – Cancer weighs heavily on the victim’s family and loved ones too, so what better way to rally together as a unit to give cancer the finger than taking part in cancer awareness initiatives. The Dare Devil Run may just be for the boys and men in your life, but you can cheer from the sidelines in solidarity with men of all ages, shapes and sizes coming together for a common cause.
Start a healthy and necessary dialogue with your boys about the symptoms and risks of testicular cancer, and make sure they know how important it is to give their packages the once-over every month.
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