I am writing to inform you that during form time on Tuesday January 18th an independent charity foundation will be delivering a virtual assembly to all sixth form students regarding testicular cancer. This is the commonest type of cancer amongst males aged between 15 and 45, yet it is 95% curable so early diagnosis and regular checking is important. The aim of this charity and therefore their assembly, is to give guidance to males to check themselves regularly and in doing so detect problems early.
I am informing you of this assembly in advance should you wish to discuss this issue at home with your child beforehand. Students may also wish to discuss this with you after they have received the talk. We can provide additional information for you as a parent if you require or the website www.teenagecancertrust.org has some excellent guidance for parents in discussing such an important topic with young people. I am also conscious that many of you may have family members or friends who have suffered from cancer and appreciate this is both an important health concern to discuss but also of a sensitive nature.
Our intention of covering this theme is not to alarm students but to make them aware of regular self-examinations and to encourage positive discussions regarding male health. The presentation of the talk will be given by a female and we have been advised by the charity to include both male and females in the talk. This is because young men who are worried about their health or a possible examination may find it helpful to talk to females (mothers, sisters or friends) about this concern.
I am confident that you will appreciate the relevance of this assembly, particularly when, as a school community, we have had past students who have been diagnosed with testicular cancer at a young age and will support us in discussing such health matters with your child. Should you wish to discuss the theme of this assembly with me personally please do not hesitate at all to contact me on 01902 368798.