Greg Rutherford tells men to check testicles after finding lump in lockdown

Olivia Petter
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Greg Rutherford has urged men to check their testicles for lumps after he found one during lockdown.

On Thursday, the Olympic athlete shared a post on Instagram of him and his wife and their two children.

In the caption, Rutherford explained that he initially ignored the lump and distracted himself by training.

The 33-year-old said that he used his “physical strength to overpower the unknown”.

“Obviously that didn’t work and my mental health took a bit of a beating when fear set it [sic],” he continued.

Rutherford added that he didn’t tell his wife or anyone close to him until the physical pain became too much to bear.

“After an appointment, bloods and a scan I was told it was cysts! BLOODY CYSTS,” he wrote.

“But most importantly nothing to seriously worry about. I don’t think I’ve felt relief like it.”

Rutherford urged men reading his post to check themselves so as not to be in a similar situation to him.

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I’m a lucky man. I have a beautiful, loving family and have enjoyed years of success in a sport I loved. I’ve always felt somewhat invincible physically... but during lockdown that invincibility took a massive knock. While we were all cooped up in our homes doing our best to steady the horrible scenario that covid had created, to put it bluntly, I found a lump on one of my balls. Rather than accept it was there, I ignored it and created distractions like training again and using my physical strength to overpower the unknown. Obviously that didn’t work and my mental health took a bit of a beating when fear set it. I didn’t tell Susie or anyone close to me until the physical pain and worry got the better of me, then I reached out to a friend (@rousseau) who’d suffered badly with testicular cancer. He said what I already knew... GO AND GET IT CHECKED! After an appointment, bloods and a scan I was told it was cysts! BLOODY CYSTS. But most importantly nothing to seriously worry about. I don’t think I’ve felt relief like it. I’m just here asking everyone to check. Even now, during a pandemic, when I think it’s safe to say we’re fearful of wasting doctors and nurses time. If you’re a bloke, grab them and make sure nothings wrong. And if your partner won’t check their own balls, maybe offer to do it for them. I feel incredibly grateful I can say it’s nothing serious, but I’ve also realised that while worrying’s a natural response, it solves nothing. Keep checking and if you find something, take it seriously. @su2cuk

A post shared by Greg Rutherford (@gregjrutherford) on Aug 13, 2020 at 1:14pm PDT

“Even now, during a pandemic, when I think it’s safe to say we’re fearful of wasting doctors and nurses time,” he added.

“If you’re a bloke, grab them and make sure nothing’s wrong. And if your partner won’t check their own balls, maybe offer to do it for them.”

Rutherford concluded his post by saying that he was “incredibly grateful” that nothing serious was wrong.

“But I’ve also realised that while worrying’s a natural response, it solves nothing,” he added. “Keep checking and if you find something, take it seriously.”

For more information on testicular cancer and where to find support, click here.

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