Chris Hughes, the Love Island contestant who late last year was commended for helping raise awareness for testicular cancer with a check on live TV, has revealed that his brother has been diagnosed with the disease.
A day after seeing Hughes on the programme, brother Ben performed a self-examination, something a recent study by cancer charity Orchid revealed 68 pc of British men still don't know how to do.
"Men don't know what's normal and what's abnormal, they don't know what to feel for," said Dr Chris, This Morning's resident doctor, before testing Hughes. "You should examine your testicles ideally once a month," he continued, adding it's better to do so after a hot shower or bath, when they're warm and relaxed. "A lot of men who find something wrong are embarrassed to go to the GP to discuss it," Dr Chris lamented.
The news comes ahead of testicular cancer awareness month in April. Before you shake your head at the idea of another themed month, consider the following statistics: a quarter of the male population have never performed a self-examination; and the majority cannot recognise the symptoms, according the men's health charity The Movember Foundation.
Testicular cancer, which is caused when cells begin to reproduce uncontrollably within the male reproductive organs, is the most common cancer in men under 45. If that number doesn't shock you into using your shower time more wisely, perhaps the following figures will.
2,300 men are diagnosed every year in Britain
One out of every hundred cancers diagnosed in men is testicular. That may not seem like a lot, but those diagnoses soon add up. Over two thousand men discover that they have testicular cancer every year in Britain.
80 per cent of the time, it's painless
Four out of five instances of testicular cancer will be painless, and the only way to detect the disease will be a physical exam. A small pea-sized lump will be felt in around 90 pc of cases, and you can find out how to check yourself properly here.
A dragging sensation, ache or pain felt in the testicles is much more commonly an indicator of a non-cancerous condition.
15 - 49 years old are most at risk
The most common age to be diagnosed with testicular cancer is between 15 and 49 years old. Within this group, the most vulnerable are those under the age of 35.
You're 5 times more likely to be diagnosed if you're white
Although the reasons are unclear, statistics clearly show that you are five times more likely to be diagnosed with testicular cancer if you are white. Black and Asian men aren't affected as notably – however other ethnicities are known to be more susceptible to other male-only cancers, such as that of the prostate (where Black men are vulnerable) or penis (Hispanic men).
70 UK men die every year from the disease
According to Cancer Research UK, 57 men died of testicular cancer in 2016, a number that is declining from the long-term trend. While this is makes it the least lethal male cancer – 80pc of all cases are cured, with this figure rising to almost 98pc if caught early on, up from 69 pc 40 years ago – it still remains one of the most psychologically damaging cancers for the male psyche to cope with.
You're 12 times more likely to be diagnosed if you've had it before
Men who have previously been diagnosed with testicular cancer have a 12 times increase in their risk of developing a second testicular cancer in the other testis.
It is for this reason that charities like the Movember Foundation are doing their utmost to raise awareness, and encourage survivors to continue attending follow-up appointments after treatment.
100 per cent rise since the mid-1970s
Again, for reasons unknown, the number of men being diagnosed with testicular cancer since the mid-1970s has doubled. Many researchers have theorised that this is due to environmental changes, but this remains purely speculative. What is clear, however, is that what was once an incredibly rare cancer is now becoming increasingly prevalent.