MORE than two thirds of men in the South West don’t know how to check themselves for the signs and symptons of testicular cancer.

A new survey of 3000 men, released this month by UK male cancer charity Orchid, reveals that 88 per cent of men Nationwide recognise that a lump in the testes could be a sign of testicular cancer – but worryingly, men still aren’t acting on their knowledge.

Orchid chief executive Rebecca Porta said: “Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged between 15 and 45 years, with around 2200 to 2300 men being diagnosed each year.

“Awareness of the disease has improved in the past five years, but these findings show that vital life-saving health messages still aren’t reaching the vast majority of men.

“We’re calling on South West men to take a few minutes to learn how to carry out simple self checks and recognise the early warning signs and symptoms.

“Getting an early diagnosis is vital – if caught early, testicular cancer can be 98 per cent curable.

“It is crucial that men feel comfortable seeking professional advice straight away if they have any concerns.”

Orchid is launching their first confidential, freephone Male Cancer Helpline on April 7. Those who have concerns relating to male specific cancers will be able to seek specialist advice and support from a team of male cancer information nurse specialists every Monday and Wednesday from 10am-5pm on 0808 802 0010.

They can also be contacted via a new email service at