Teen Dies of Cancer Because He Was Embarrassed to Talk About Lump in Testicle
It will always and forever be uncomfortable to have “the sex talk” with your kids, and talking to teens about their changing bodies is especially awkward. The results of not talking, however, can be too grim. A telling example was recently reported by Nine News MSN, in which a 16-year-old boy recently died of testicular cancer because he was too embarrassed to admit that he had found a lump in his testicle.
It’s so incredibly heartbreaking that Michael Rushby felt like he couldn't tell anyone he'd found the lump. For some reason he found it too awkward to tell his parents, or even any friends. By the time he finally broke down and told his older brother — eight months after he first noticed the lump — it was too late. As soon as they found out, his no doubt terrified parents took him to the doctor. But just two weeks later, Michael passed away.
Who knows why Michael was so embarassed, or if an earlier intervention would have even stopped the cancer. Michael’s mom is channeling her grief by talking to the media, hoping to get the message to parents to talk to their kids about their bodies and any medical issues -— no matter how embarrassing — before it’s too late.
Private parts are an uncomfortable topic, no question, but there are plenty of books and experts out there who can make it a little less embarrassing for parent and teen alike. It’s our job as parents to do everything we can to keep them healthy. Let’s do it for Michael.'