15 March 2019

Entertainment reporter Mat Whitehead is used to being on top of things like The Bachelor, but he admits he could've been more on top of his testicular health.

Mo Bro Mat discusses his close call after testicular cancer diagnosis
Testicular Cancer
Sydney-sider Mat Whitehead was diagnosed with testicular cancer on a Wednesday, and by that following Wednesday, he was back writing a Bachelorette recap from home. For reference, it was the episode in which Sophie and Apollo played with puppies.

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young Australian men. More than 16,500 Australian men are estimated to be living with or beyond a testicular cancer diagnosis.

Mat initially noticed one of his testicles was quite enlarged but decided to wait it out. That's when the pain started.

"It wasn't until I started to feel sort of a dull ache that I realised I probably should get it checked out."

After consulting his doctor, Mat says it was only five days between diagnosis to surgery to remove the enlarged testicle. The day after his surgery, Mat was back working as an entertainment reporter for 10 Daily.

Mat is now urging other young men to not be embarassed if something doesn't feel right, saying there should be no shame in speaking up when you think something might be wrong.

Watch Mat tell his story below:

Mat was lucky. Despite the delay in getting in front of a doctor, he has had a pretty straightforward experience with testicular cancer.  This isn’t always the case, which is why we recommend getting to know what’s normal and reaching out to a doctor as soon as something doesn’t feel right.  Don’t panic, but do get it checked out.

It’s important to get to know your nuts so you can take action if anything changes. Find out how here.