HE certainly doesn’t shy away from speaking out and doctors hope chat show host Jeremy Kyle’s revelation about his battle with testicular cancer will help other men.
Iain Campbell, consultant urologist at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, says he hopes publicity around the outspoken 47-year-old’s illness will boost awareness and encourage more Fylde coast men to come forward.
The TV star had surgery and chemotherapy after the discovery of a growth in his testicle, shortly before Christmas.
The father-of-four has spoken in the national press of how he thought he “was dead” when he was given the diagnosis of cancer, but has now had the all-clear.
Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men aged 15 to 49.
Mr Campbell said: “I think the publicity around it and the fact Jeremy Kyle has spoken publicly about his experience, will help. Men are often embarrassed and don’t tend to talk about these sort of problems.
“But if men are aware of what to look for, if they are aware they should see their GP straight away and if they can not feel too embarrassed to do so, it can make a big difference.
“It’s always better to catch any illness or cancer in the early stages for the best outcome, but with testicular cancer, the survival rate when it’s caught early enough is really good.
“We would urge men not to feel embarrassed if they find anything they think needs checking out – your doctor has seen it all and heard it all before.
“It’s best for men to examine themselves in the bath or shower, where they feel comfortable.
“They are just feeling and looking for anything which feels unusual for them, any lumps or bumps which shouldn’t be there. Anything which isn’t normal for them.
“The key message is to not delay and to go to see their GP. In many cases of course, it might not be anything serious, which would put their mind at rest. But if is, it’s so important to catch it early.”