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Testicular cancer in spotlight

If you are a male between the ages of 15-29, chances are you are going to be told by the Northwestern Health Unit to “Check ’em.”

January has turned into “MANuary”—a month dedicated to raising awareness of testicular cancer in Canadian men.

The Northwestern Health Unit started promoting “MANuary” last year in collaboration with the Canadian Testicular Cancer Association.

“We were surprised at the lack of awareness among males in our communities,” said Patty Foster, a public health nurse at the Northwestern Health Unit.

“There is a definite need for education regarding testicular cancer,” she stressed.

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among males aged 15-29. But when detected and treated early, it is one of the most curable forms.

Foster said males aged 15 years and up are encouraged to learn more about testicular cancer and to become familiar with their bodies.

“You need to know what is normal for you so that you will notice changes if they happen,” she explained.

“This month, we will be working in our communities and in our schools to promote awareness of testicular cancer among young males,” noted Foster.

“Education and early detection are the best way to ensure the best health outcome.”

For more information about the early detection of cancer, contact your local Northwestern Health Unit office or visit

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