Talking To Kids About Cancer..
And Why We Must Do It
This is truly one of the saddest things I have seen in quite a while and more proof that silence can equal death, at least where cancer is concerned.
16-year-old Mikey Rushby died after waiting eight months to tell his parents he’d found a lump in one of his testicles. He finally mustered up the courage to tell his older brother, who immediately took him to the doctor. Though given a 75% chance of beating it, Rushby died after infection set in following his treatment.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American boys and men ages 15-34. It’s also has a high rate of successful treatment IF (like other cancers) it’s caught early.
Look, I know it’s hard for us as parents to talk to kids about some things, especially when they’re teens (insert eye-rolling here). But a little embarrassment is really a small price to pay if it means saving a life.
So if you haven’t talked to your kids about some of life’s more uncomfortable things, it’s time.
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