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Men warned on testicular cancer

A third of men admit to spending just under an hour primping and preening themselves each day, but the same number say they never bother to check for testicular cancer, a charity has warned.

Balls To Cancer said despite the fact testicular cancer is almost always curable - if caught early, there is a 98% chance of survival - only one in five (21%) men it questioned said they perform the monthly self-check recommended by healthcare professionals and one in three (33%) admit to never checking them.

Alongside this nearly two in five (37%) admit to regularly self-tanning and whitening their teeth, almost a third (32%) admit to having their hair cut once a week, and a similar amount (30%) say they remove unwanted body hair.

More than a third (36%) said they dedicate 40-59 minutes of each day to their appearance, and one in four (28%) said their daily grooming routine lasts between one and two hours.

The charity has recruited "poster child for metrosexuals" Harry Derbidge, of ITV's The Only Way Is Essex fame, to remind men to check themselves.

Derbidge said: "I'm definitely guilty of spending a lot of time on my appearance - whether it's my tan, eyebrows or hair.

"It's nice to take the time to make ourselves look good, but it's important that we remember to do the things that really matter. A self-check each month can help men spot anything sinister early."

Daniel Genever, 22, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, had one of his testicles removed after finding a lump.

He said: "No young man ever thinks he's going to get testicular cancer, but it can happen - I am proof of that.

"My advice to image conscious men is to also be health conscious, and find time in your grooming schedule to do a quick check of your testicles each month."

Balls To Cancer co-founder Susan Bates said: "If testicular cancer is caught early, 98% will make a fully recovery.

"Yet, millions of men could be missing the warning signs because they are more concerned with their appearance.

"A self-check takes only a few minutes each month - so, we're calling on all men to put down the mirrors and pick up their testicles. After all, what use is a beautiful face if you haven't got your health."

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