If you watch the soaps, you’ll have seen Robert was diagnosed with testicular cancer in Coronation Street last night. I was surprised by how quickly he went from being seen to diagnosis, but I’ll put that down to creative licence!
More importantly, it highlighted that Robert was really reluctant to talk about the symptoms he’d been having because he was embarrassed and frightened. Robert’s partner Michelle had to bully him into getting seen.
In fact, survival for testicular cancer is very high. Nearly all men are cured. But the sensitive nature of this cancer means that some men put-off speaking to their GP.
Do you think that men – like Robert – still find it hard to talk about worrying symptoms such as a lump in their testicle? Or is it easier nowadays to share these sorts of symptoms?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
PS: If you’re worried about testicular cancer, or someone who you think might have it, we’ve got a guide to finding it early which explains what to check for.