'Go Nuts Tour' stops in El Paso
POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 5:19pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 5:20pm
Two cancer survivors cycle across the country, spreading awareness about testicular cancer
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Two men are cycling across the country, educating the public and raising awareness of testicular cancer. Chris Olsen and Jason Morton, both survivors of stage three testicular cancer, traveled through El Paso Friday, on their way from San Diego to Orlando on the "Go Nuts Tour."
They stopped by the Paul Foster School of Medicine, sharing their stories of survival and prevention, information they wish they had as young men.
Olsen, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was 28 years old, said, "I had no idea when I was diagnosed that it was the number one cancer for males aged 15-35. No idea that I was supposed to be doing a monthly self exams and that monthly self exams for this -that you could do easily by yourself taking on a few seconds in the shower."
Olsen said another problem with early detection is that many times, men do not want to go to the doctor, describing it as the "Superman mentality."
"People get sick and they get injured and it's normal for that to happen. It doesn't make you weak it makes you human and it's absolutely 100% okay to go to the doctor," said Olsen.
He said he does not want to see people go through what he went through, and that the key is prevention. For more information on self exams and early detection, click here >> www.tcancer.org