Campaign for Testicular Cancer
Aims to Keep Men Abreast of the Situation
June 3, 1999
Strictly embargoed: 10.30am Thursday June 3 1999.
Men caught admiring a woman's naked breasts on a new advertising campaign
will get more than a pleasing eyeful. They will become better informed
about testicular cancer, cases of which are doubling every 20 years in
the UK, and be in a stronger position to detect potential problems.
The campaign, which has been donated to The Institute of Cancer Research
(ICR) by leading agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty, features a photograph of
a pair of breasts with the strap line "No wonder male cancers are ignored.
These are all you ever think about."
A second press advertisement shows a cranial map with each segment of
the brain carrying a different slang word for breasts. It carries the
first sentence of the strap line above.
Unveiled today (Thursday June 3) by the ICR at the start of its second
annual everyman male cancer awareness month, the adverts are aimed at
men of 35 or younger who are in the danger age range for testicular cancer.
It is designed to counteract male apathy and ignorance about their health,
and to encourage men to turn their attention from women's bodies to their
They coincide with the publication of a MORI opinion poll which confirms
that most men are ignorant about male cancers, do not like to talk about
their health, but feel there is too little information available to them
on the subject.
Young men in particular have a poor record for testicular cancer - 68
per cent say they know little or nothing about it and 49 per cent said
they had never checked their testicles for lumps or abnormalities. Only
8 per cent of young men name personal health issues as a common topic
of conversation, although in contrast, 59 per cent regularly talk about
"We are dealing with the most common cancer to affect young men. The
research of our medical sociologists and our MORI survey indicates that
men know little about testicular cancer and are uncomfortable about confronting
health issues. This campaign is bold and a bit tongue in cheek, and is
designed to help men by appealing to one of their more obvious interests,"
said Professor Colin Cooper of the ICR's everyman campaign.
Although it has around a 96 per cent cure rate if caught and treated
early, the incidence of testicular cancer has doubled in the last 20 years
and scientists remain baffled as to the causes.
John Heyd, Marketing Manager for everyman commented: "Although the advertising
campaign is aimed primarily at young men, we hope it will also be noticed
by men of all ages. The main part of the advertisement says "No wonder
male cancers are ignored" - this is also true of prostate cancer, which
is the other big subject of the everyman campaign, and affects men mostly
"We chose to focus in this particular advert on testicular cancer, but
if people phone up for our new leaflet they will find it covers prostate
cancer too. We also hope that women will notice the adverts, because our
poll shows the majority of young men talk to their mothers rather than
any other close relative or friend about their health, and older men talk
to their partners."
Notes to editors:
Professor Colin Cooper, development director of the ICR's Male Urological
Cancer Centre, is available for comment or interview. Requests should
be made to Katy Bell or Sadie East on 0171 970 6030.
The ICR everyman campaign was launched in September 1997 to
increase awareness of testicular and prostate cancer and to raise
funds for the UK's first dedicated research facility into male cancers.
The ICR promotes a simple self-examination for testicular cancer
in a special leaflet that is available by telephoning 0171 352
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