#FeelingNuts on Twitter is raising testicular cancer awareness

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Hugh Jackman, Ricky Gervais, and William Shatner are among the celebs breaking the ice about this very serious male health concern.

By Rob Reinalda | Posted: October 3, 2014

With summer in the rear-view mirror, a new and less chilling online campaign seems to have replaced the Ice Bucket Challenge.

#FeelingNuts is highly visible on Twitter, and it could help doctors and other health care professionals, well, handle a delicate subject.

Celebrities and others are raising awareness of testicular cancer—and its hands-on detection method—by clutching their scrotums (through clothing) and then tweeting photos of said grip with that hashtag. In the tweets, others are challenged to follow suit.

[RELATED: Join Ragan and Mayo Clinic as they pair up for their 6th consecutive health care social media summit.]

Though the tweets often have a humorous tone to them (here is one from William Shatner)…

… the light touch (ahem) does not undermine the seriousness of the effort.

The American Cancer Society’s website says that in 2014:

  • About 8,820 new cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed.
  • About 380 men will die of testicular cancer.

One in 270 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer, but with early detection, survival rates are promising.

That’s why screenings are so important, and that’s why the word is being spread by the likes of Hugh Jackman and friends:

Incidentally, gents, if you plan on doing the #IceBucketChallenge and the #FeelingNuts challenge in rapid succession, you’ll probably want to do the second one first.

(image from @RealHughJackman Twitter feed)

 

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