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Does your man #talkballs ?

Does your man #talkballs ?

Today I want to talk about my husband’s balls.

Wait, before you run off screaming, this is actually quite a serious post. With a dash of humour of course! After all this is balls we’re talking about *snigger*.

Did you know that over 2,200 young men aged 15-44 are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year?

My husband was one of those men.

Thankfully he knew to check himself frequently and what to look for and this probably saved his life. After surgery life quickly returned to normal. Completely normal. So when Orchid, the UK’s leading male cancer charity, asked me to tell you about their new ‘Father and Sons’ campaign to encourage men to feel confident talking to their sons about testicular cancer and ensure they know how to check for signs and symptoms, I jumped at the chance.

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“Approximately a third of parents say that they did not feel confident discussing how to check for the signs and symptoms of serious and sensitive conditions like testicular cancer with their children, despite this being the most common cancer to affect young males. Talking to your son openly about the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer could be crucial in leading to early detection of a lump or an abnormality. If caught early, the disease can be 98% curable.” – Orchid Chief Executive Rebecca Porta

“I know it’s not a comfortable subject to talk about, but we need to talk about it because testicular cancer affects thousands of men and their families each year.” – Alexander Ludwig, star of Vikings and Hunger Games, who is supporting the campaign

Ok, I promised you some chuckles didn’t I? Well the campaign includes a fab video with a humorous take on a serious message; showing a Dad making numerous attempts to bring up the awkward subject of testicular cancer with his sons. Take a look… and then please do share it with the men in your life.

If you’re a blogger and you’d like to support this campaign click to download the video and share on social media with the hashtag #talkballs

For advice and support on testicular cancer visit

Linking up with Brilliant Blog Posts at Honest Mum, Share with Me at Let’s Talk Mommy, The Big Fat Linky of the Week at


  1. Great post and a very important message. One that I will be passing on to my boys. But every man needs to be doing this.
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  2. Such an important message. Lets spread the word as far as we can. Thanks for linking up #bigfatlinky

  3. What a great post and one that really needs pushing to stop people being shy and embarrassed about it. Great post. #sharewithme

  4. So informative and such a serious thing that should be talked about and shared but also couldn’t help but snigger when I first started reading it as I didn’t expect you to be saying your husband’s balls in the first sentence after reading hair products post. hahahaha Great post. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
    Jenny recently posted…Friendships, a game, and startrite shoes #littleloves

  5. haha that video did make me chuckle! But on a serious note, this is such an important post and I’ll def. be spreading the word!! #sharethejoylinky

  6. This is such an important issue. My father was also diagnosed and it was caught early, but people do need to know what to look for. We girls talk about our breasts so why shouldn’t the men #talkballs ?! Glad your man is ok xx

  7. Thanks for sharing this hon. Seeing how young some people are that are being affected by cancer really hits home that it can happen to anyone. Awareness and body checks are absolutely crucial xx
    Reneé @ Mummy Tries recently posted…Today I Choose Joy

  8. Such an important issue to raise Michelle. One of my closest frinds also suffered when he was 27. He’s fine now, but he was very aware and caught it early. It’s always made me think that we should talk about it openly. As I would if I had a daughter. As my mum had breast cancer, and I have to check myself properly all the time.
    Ting at My Travel Monkey recently posted…Top 10 Things To Do in Bucharest

    • Thank you Ting, I’m so glad your friend was aware and vigilant. And you’re right that we need to talk openly about it – it’s too important! x



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