Testicular awareness: The what, the why, and the how

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dc.contributor.author Saab, Mohamad M.
dc.contributor.author Hegarty, Josephine
dc.contributor.author Landers, Margaret
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-28T11:12:41Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-28T11:12:41Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Saab, M.M., Hegarty, J. and Landers, M., 2019. Testicular awareness: The what, the why, and the how. International Journal of Mens Social and Community Health, 2(1). (10pp) DOI:10.22374/ijmsch.v2i1.16 en
dc.identifier.volume 2 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 10 en
dc.identifier.issn 2561-9179
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7681
dc.identifier.doi 10.22374/ijmsch.v2i1.16
dc.description.abstract Health outcomes among men are poorer than women and little efforts have been made by health organizations to promote men’s health. Testicular disorders can have a negative effect on men’s health and are rarely addressed in pre-existing men’s health policies. Findings from the empirical literature on men’s awareness of testicular disorders suggest that men’s knowledge of testicular disorders is lacking and their intentions to seek timely medical attention for testicular symptoms are low. This paper aims to introduce the concept of ‘testicular awareness’ and explore its implications for health research, practice, and education. The key attributes of ‘testicular awareness’ include: (i) familiarity with own testes; (ii) knowing what is normal versus abnormal; (iii) ability to detect an abnormality; and (iv) knowing own risk factors. Testicular awareness is an all-encompassing concept since it helps men become familiar with a body part that is seldom discussed and enables them to detect testicular abnormalities and to seek timely medical attentions for testicular symptoms, regardless of the ultimate diagnosis. Testicular awareness can be promoted using a number of strategies; these include but are not limited to: (i) involving men in drafting men’s health policies that address testicular awareness; (ii) partnering with men to develop and test interventions promoting testicular awareness; (iii) being cognizant of the learning needs of men who are at risk of health disparities including those with low literacy and health literacy; (iv) promoting testicular awareness in clinical practice and health education; and (v) using men’s daily spheres of information (e.g. workplaces, universities, gyms, and community organizations) to promote testicular awareness. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Dougmar Publishing Group en
dc.relation.uri https://ijmsch.com/index.php/IJMSCH/article/view/16
dc.rights © 2019 The Authors. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.subject Testicular cancer en
dc.subject Men's health en
dc.subject Health promotion en
dc.subject Testicular awareness en
dc.title Testicular awareness: The what, the why, and the how en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Dr Mohamad M. Saab, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: msaab@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress msaab@ucc.ie


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