Posted on: May 16th 2024

Oddballs and Year 10

Chichester High School welcomed UK Testicular Cancer charity The Oddballs Foundation today to speak to our Year 10  students.

Emiliè Lewis, a student ambassador for a prominent charity and a final year student of Criminology with Forensic Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice at Portsmouth University, visited the school to raise awareness about testicular cancer.

During her talk, she covered the basics of the disease and shared valuable insights with the students. It was an informative session that helped the students understand the importance of early detection and prevention of testicular cancer.

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One of the main ways Oddballs delivers their message is through the University Ambassador Programme.

The University Ambassadors visit schools, universities and workplaces, delivering talks on Testicular Cancer, reminding boys and men (and their partners) to check their balls – and removing any stigma and embarrassment about it.

They also fit Check Yourself Guides into public spaces and workplaces. In 2018, they appointed the first five ambassadors in Bath, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter and Loughborough.

Now the Foundation has 50 ambassadors ranging all over the UK and Ireland.

The Oddballs Foundation use their Oddballs merch as a bright and colourful talking piece as a way to provoke a conversation regarding testicular cancer.

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Here are 10 facts that The Oddballs Foundation promote:

  1. Around 2,300 men are diagnosed with Testicular Cancer each year in the UK.
  2. Testicular Cancer is unusual compared with other cancers because it tends to affect younger men.
  3. Testicular Cancer is the most common type of cancer to affect men between the ages of 15 – 49.
  4. The exact cause or causes of Testicular Cancer are unknown, but a number of factors have been identified that increase a man’s risk of developing it, including undescended testicles, family history, and having previously experienced Testicular Cancer.
  5. Testicular Cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer, and the outlook is one of the best for cancers.
  6. Typical symptoms are a painless swelling or lump in one of the testicles, or any change in shape or texture of the testicles.
  7. See a GP immediately if you notice a swelling, lump or any other change in one of your testicles.
  8. Treatment for Testicular Cancer is much more effective when started early.
  9. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery are the three main treatments for Testicular Cancer.
  10. Survival of Testicular Cancer is very high. Nearly all men survive their disease.

We look forward to welcoming Emiliè back to speak to our other year groups next week.

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