Former rugby star calls on men to check themselves

Men are being urged to check for any unusual testicular lumps and bumps.

Monday, 26th February 2018, 15:15 pm
Updated Monday, 26th February 2018, 15:22 pm
Eric Peters in action for Scotland in 1995. Picture by David Munden/Popperfoto/Getty Images.

A survey by Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer shows the majority of rugby players, and men in general, are not regularly checking themselves.

With the Six Nations nearing its conclusion, former Scottish national rugby union No.8 Eric Peters is calling on men to check themselves.

The survey suggests that only 36.6 per cent of rugby players regularly check for lumps.

Eric was diagnosed with testicular cancer during rehabilitation from injury. Because he was not contact training at the time, he knew that his pain could not be from the normal training knocks.

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He went to get it checked, was diagnosed with early stage testicular cancer and subsequently successfully treated for the disease, returning to play rugby for club and country.

Eric said: “The reality is that we need more men of all sports to be comfortable with holding more than just a rugby ball in their hands.

“I survived testicular cancer because I knew the importance of getting checked out at the earliest opportunity, and I caught mine in the early stages.

“Self-checking is quick and easy and it could mean you spot something early that saves your life.

“We can all support beating cancer, and you can do your bit by checking yourself once a month.”

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