Too much when children could be walking past, or a good way to raise awareness of cancer?
A pharmacy has had to defend itself for hanging up a lifelike pair of testicles in its window display.
The balls were nestled on a pillow like a priceless piece of jewellery, next to the phrase: ‘How well are you looking after your Crown Jewels?’
Manager Lynda Kelley came up with the idea to urge people to be more vigilant about testicular cancer.
But the message in the Day Lewis Pharmacy window in Ivybridge, Devon proved too much for one person, who complained after just a few days of the arrangement having been put up.
Lynda, who has worked for the company for 10 years, said she was upset about the complaint though.
The 36-year-old lost her mum to lung cancer, and was deeply saddened to find someone was offended by a display to raise cancer awareness.
Does this go too far?
No, the complaint is b*ll*cks
Yes, it was a bit of a cock-up
‘I cried when I found out there had been a complaint,’ said Lynda.
‘I think about my mum’s loss and to think someone else might go through that [losing someone to cancer] when testicular cancer can be preventable, [the complaint] really angered me.
‘If there is a cancer which can be prevented then we need to get that message across, and our target audience for testicular cancer is young men.
‘Someone has taken offence to a tiny pair of testicles but this could change a life.
‘We wanted to think outside of the box and get people to look at it – kids have been coming by after school and yes, they have a laugh, but one boy could take that message away with him and check himself.
‘We’ve been bold with what we did so it would get attention, rather than just a poster which wouldn’t work.’
It mostly affects men between 15 and 49 years of age, the NHS says.
The most common symptom is a painless lump or swelling in one of the testicles. It can be the size of a pea or it may be much larger.
Other symptoms can include:
- a dull ache in the scrotum
- a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
Get to know your body’s normal feel and see your GP if you notice any changes.
Lynda came up with the idea to support Movember, an annual event to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide.
It also goes hand in hand with the charity the pharmacy is supporting, It’s in the Bag, which provides hands-on support for men with testicular cancer in the South West.
Lynda and the team at Day Lewis would like to keep the campaign running until the end of November, but has been told that if they get more complaints they’ll probably have to take the display down.
But it’s not all been bad, as people have complemented the testicular window arrangement for it’s striking message which will definitely get the message across.