Men 'unaware of cancer symptoms'

Many men in the UK lack basic knowledge about cancers which affect males, a charity group has warned.

Research by Orchid found that only one in ten men know how to spot the symptoms of testicular cancer.

By contrast, a third of males said they are familiar with the signs of breast cancer.

Tom Powles, spokesperson for the Barts and the London NHS Trust, said this suggests that many men are in denial about symptoms of possible illnesses.

"Women are much more open about these diseases, the symptoms and what to do next," he told the Daily Mail.

"Men don't like to bother the doctor - even though that's what we're here for."

Mr Powles added that people who put off getting suspicious lumps checked by a doctor are less likely to be cured and face a much longer treatment regime.

According to estimates from Orchid, 37,000 men in the UK will be diagnosed with a male-specific cancer this year.

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