Facts & Figures

  • 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year in the UK – that’s 7 per day
  • Testicular cancer is 98% curable if detected early
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15-45
  • Testicular cancer is on the rise– incidence rates have increased by more than a quarter since the early 1990’s 

Signs & Symptoms

  • Lump
  • Pain
  • Hardness
  • Swelling
  • Heaviness
  • If you have any of the symptoms of testicular cancer, or have discovered anything not normal for you – then you must visit a medical professional.

How to Check

  1. Step One: Check one testicle at a time using both hands (after a hot bath or shower)
  2. Step Two: Firmly but gently roll your testicle between your thumb and fingers (don’t squeeze too hard!)
  3. Step Three: Get to know your Epididymis (your sperm cord – which can be rather tender)
  4. Step Four: Feel for the signs & symptoms of testicular cancer – or anything not normal for you (it’s normal for one to be bigger)
  5. Repeat every month

SPACEBALLS: Launching Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for testicular cancer awareness!

In a world first, The Robin Cancer Trust has sent a pair of testicles into space as part of its SPACEBALLS campaign to well and truly ‘launch’ Testicular Cancer Awareness Month on April 1st.

Toby Freeman, Founder & CEO, The Robin Cancer Trust said:

“We wanted to launch our SPACEBALLS campaign to everyone in the UK and thought what better way to do it than physically launching testicles into space above the UK?

“SPACEBALLS will deliver something we’ve never seen before – a balls-eye view of the UK – and our aim is to reach every man in the country with our life-saving message. We want to stop young men dying from this incredibly curable form of cancer.”

The Colchester-based charity worked with Sheffield-based company, Sent into Space, to arrange and film the launch last week. The Robin Cancer Trust team travelled up to Yorkshire where the prosthetic testicles were attached to a biodegradable latex helium balloon and rocketed 22 miles up into the outer stratosphere.

The entire journey was filmed and a 90 minute long video can be found on The Robin Cancer Trust website from Monday.

SPACEBALLS aims to save lives through educating young men of the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer, whilst reducing embarrassment by talking openly and honestly about the importance of regular self-exams and early detection.

Seven men each day are diagnosed with testicular cancer in the UK. The most common cancer in men aged between 15 and 45, testicular cancer is 98% curable if detected early.

April 1st is the official start of the month-long campaign, which will bring testicular cancer awareness to million of men and their partners across the UK.

Toby added: 

“We really hope our campaign, and Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, will encourage young men to check themselves. It could save their lives. The video will be fantastic, especially the view of the earth from those testicles.”

The prosthetic testicles spent a short amount of time in space before coming down again near Peterborough.

Toby said:

“The testicles were freezing when they came back down. They had been up there in temperatures of minus 60 degrees. I’ll be mounting them in a box on the wall now as a world first!”

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