Have you got the balls to talk balls? Men’s health needs to be a conversation topic

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Testicular conversations between men tend to always include some form of “humorous” accident involving a fencepost or railing laying a spectacular blow and rendering the victim speechless and gasping on the ground.

The idea of men having an honest conversation about the health of their genitalia is often met with guffaws and becomes a point of ridicule. The time has come to move forward, men!

Let’s talk about your twig and berries, special package, three tenors, crown jewels, bait and tackle with the dignity and respect it deserves. This is not just some appendage dangling from your body that serves no purpose.You are carrying the seeds of life. Where a woman’s uterus may be worshipped as the vessel of life, without your swimmers, there would be no life.

This is a cultural issue, not a masculinity issue

So why is it so culturally frowned upon for men to have legitimate conversations with other men about the potential for testicular and prostate cancer? We have had it beaten into us as a culture that men are supposed to be the pillar of strength in our society. The epitome of unwavering masculine character, oozing of courage.

It is not a matter of de-masculinizing the men in our lives in asking them to take care of themselves. We should as a society embrace men who can openly discuss their sexual health, not make fun of them.

Cancer stats are proving that young men are at high risk

Reality: Men get cancer too. You can take simple steps to give yourself a better chance at surviving cancer. You might roll your eyes and think that you’re too young to worry about those kind of issues but the highest risk window for testicular cancer is between the ages of 20 to 39.

A men’s rugby team in the United Kingdom even decided to volunteer for an instructional video that has been going viral. Proving yet again that tough physical men can be a positive role models for taking positive action.

So do the right thing men. Hug your bros and tell them you care about their meat lovers combo. The future of the human race is in your capable hands.

Check out our Langara Voice article on men’s health : below the belt.

Photo by Kayla Isomura
Photo by Kayla Isomura

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  1. Hi says

    This is interesting. It’s true we don’t talk a lot about men’s cancers or probably even other cancers that affect both men and women. Why is it that breast cancer gets all the attention? I think in general though, instead of simply raising “awareness” or money on these issues, we need to look at ways to prevent them. We need to look at food, where it’s coming from, what’s in it and even other toxins and chemicals around the house. Cancer is clearly a growing issue and more and more people are being diagnosed with it so if we keep throwing money onto the problem- are we really getting anywhere? Why aren’t the millions and probably billions we’re raising for “cancer” creating proper solutions yet? We need to look carefully at how it’s growing in us and why and stop it at that point. Back to Angie’s opinion though, we’re all at risk of getting cancer not just women and their breasts. If we can’t stop intoxicating ourselves, we can at least be aware we’re intoxicated before death knocks on our door. Check yourself out, get tested. Know what’s coming before it’s too late.

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