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The Liverpool Queen of Drag has partnered with KP and Movember, which launched its month-long fundraising campaign this week, to remind the nation – if you have testicles you need to check them regularly for any lumps, bumps or anything unusual.
In the UK a third (33 per cent) of people with testicles do not check themselves for lumps and bumps as recommended once a month, with 9 per cent saying they have never checked. Around 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year in the UK. The number of cases of testicular cancer diagnosed has roughly doubled since the mid-1970s.
As testicular cancer can be a taboo subject, the campaign uses The Vivienne’s humour and personality to raise awareness of the importance for anyone with testicles to check them regularly. As someone who spends a fair amount of time touching and tucking in her own testicles, there was no better person to front this hugely important campaign.
The videos, available across social media all November, show The Vivienne bursting into a changing room of footballers, to their shock, and telling them it’s time to check their nuts for signs of anything unusual. And with the bath or shower the best place to do it, she sends them off to go and get under the hot water to get all steamy.
You can watch the video here.
The Vivienne later grabs a pack of KP to demonstrate just how easy it is to check for anything unusual, using a nut to demonstrate the recommended method to check testicles. It is as simple as rolling one nut between thumb and fingers to check for lumps, swelling or pain. Then just repeat with the other nut, and if anything doesn’t seem right – see your doctor.
“Despite being such a serious illness, testicular cancer can be detected easily with self-examination and if caught early, there is a 95 per cent survival rate.
Cancer doesn’t discriminate. So no matter who you are, or how you identify, it is absolutely vital that if you have nuts you check them regularly. It doesn’t matter if you let them hang or tuck them in just check them my loves! It was such a fun day raising awareness for such an important cause with KP and Movember.”
“In most cases, the outcome for people with testicular cancer is positive”, says Movember’s Global Director of Testicular Cancer, Sam Gledhill.
“However, early detection is key. If you have any concerns or you notice any changes, don’t panic, but do get in front of a doctor and talk to them about it.”
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