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Man Who Had Penis Removed Runs Charity For Men With Cancer

by : Lucy Connolly on : 25 Jun 2020 14:05
Man Who Had Penis Removed Runs Charity For Men With CancerMan Who Had Penis Removed Runs Charity For Men With CancerCheckyourtackle/Facebook

A man whose penis was amputated after a cancer diagnosis now runs a charity to encourage men to see a doctor or talk about things like testicular, anal or penile cancer.

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Wayne Earle, from Silverdale, New South Wales, was diagnosed with penile cancer in April 2014, eight months after he discovered a lump on his penis which was initially thought to be a genital wart.

However, he soon realised the cream he had been prescribed wasn’t working and the pea-sized lump had grown to ‘about the size of 10c piece’. Earle, 53, then visited the doctors again, which is when he received his diagnosis.

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The 53-year-old had surgery the following month, which involved him having a penectomy – a full amputation at the base – and a perineal urethrostomy, which is an opening created from the urethra to the perinmeum.

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‘It’s safe to say in that moment, I felt as if every part of the being that made me a man was stripped of me,’ Earle told news.com.au. ‘It was like I lost my best friend.’

Not only that, but he felt like he was ‘the only person in the world who had this type of cancer’ because at the time he was diagnosed, he found it difficult to find much information about it. So in the years since, Earle has made it his mission to raise awareness for the types of cancer men don’t want to talk about.

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Part of that mission involved him setting up a Facebook group, Checkyourtackle, to help men in a similar position to him. Earle now runs it as a charity, with the 53-year-old saying he is determined to show other men with this type of cancer that ‘life goes on’.

‘Your penis doesn’t make you a man,’ he said. ‘It’s what you do and how you achieve things that makes you a man. I didn’t want another man to go through what I went through, feeling alone.’

He continued:

It’s so important to raise awareness and provide support. I’ve been battling that thing of men being embarrassed. I want them to know it’s OK to have problems, it’s OK to have your sh*t checked and it’s not weak to speak up if you have a problem.

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Thankfully, Earle has been cancer-free since his surgery and he was released from treatment six months ago.

If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence, contact Macmillan’s Cancer Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, 8am–8pm seven days a week.

Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Health, Australia, Cancer, mens health, New South Wales, Penile Cancer, Support Group

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