A MAN who initially put his cancer symptoms down to side effects from a lads’ holiday is urging people to raise vital funds for research.
David Sing, 28, who works at Sports Direct in St Helens, had just returned from a break in Bulgaria with friends when he began to notice changes in how the area behind his nipples felt.
At first he thought it might be a muscle strain after being on holiday but after a visit to his GP, scans revealed two tumours – the size of a small pebble – in his testicles and David was diagnosed with testicular cancer in September 2012.
Now David, from Bootle, and girlfriend Chloe Sweeney, 22, are backing Stand Up To Cancer, a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 and have already raised almost £5,000 to fund research.
He said: “I was only 25 at the time and cancer wasn’t something I thought was going to affect me.
“It wasn’t really something which was on my radar back then but now I think it’s really important for young men to talk about cancer because although our cancer risk goes up as we get older, it’s not just something which affects older people. Everyone needs to be aware of any changes in their body.”
David was given the all clear following surgery and chemotherapy but had decided early on in his treatment he wanted to do something proactive to fight back against the disease.
So when an old football friend found out about his diagnosis and asked if he could arrange a charity football match for Cancer Research UK in David’s honour.
David said: “The Stand Up To Cancer campaign really fitted with what I was going through and how I felt about cancer. I wanted to stand up to it and as soon as I found out I was going to lose my hair I dyed it bright orange in the Stand Up To Cancer colours.”
He takes part in Stand Up To Cancer every year by holding the football match and now also runs a prize raffle for his friends and family and supporters – an idea which came from girlfriend Chloe.
This year’s campaign is up and running now, and will culminate with an evening of special programming on Channel 4 on Friday 9 October.
For more information visit standuptocancer.org.uk.