There is apparently an ongoing disease awareness campaign in Brazil for testicular cancer. The lesion can definitely be deadly but it's not as frequent as female genital lesions such as cancer of the ovary and uterus. In the U.S. for 2013, about 7,920 new cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed. Apparently this campaign needed a mascot, according to a recent article (see: Hilarious MR BALLS is the new cuddly testicular cancer mascot in Brazil). They now have come up with one. Here's an excerpt from the article:
A Brazilian cuddly mascot is doing his bit to help raise awareness of testicular cancer - and he's called Mr Balls. Senhor Testiculo, as he is known in his native country, is a spokesperson - of sorts - for a group seeking to raise awareness of the disease and raise funds for new research into it. It may be a rather graphic method, but by letting it all hang out, the group's "friendly snowman," as they call him, is making a real difference. A spokesperson for Brazil's Association of Personal Assistance for Cancer said: "Both children and adults loved taking pictures with the mascot, a friendly snowman in the shape of testicles."Hundreds of men die from testicular cancer each year and the mascot is said to be a fun way of broaching a traditionally taboo subject.
For those of you who are interested, here's a picture of Senhor Testiculo:
And also for those of you who want to take a picture of your children with Senhor Testiculo, the line forms to the right. But make it fast. He's taking the afternoon off and headed for the beach at Ipanema for a well-deserved break.