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SKTCF Mission Statement
Raising Awareness of testicular cancer and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.
Providing Answers, and promoting Action in the fight against testicular cancer.
SKTCF Vision Statement
SKTCF is the premier organization focused on the importance of testicular cancer awareness,
early diagnosis, and treatment. The foundation has successfully positioned itself as the primary
destination for TC information, and as a vital resource in the fight against TC.
The foundation seeks an environment:
- Where conversations about TC are open and without embarrassment or stigmatization;
- Where health providers routinely perform testicular exams;
- Where information is easily accessible to everyone;
- Where diagnosis and treatment are addressed when the disease is in its earliest stages;
- Where no man will die from this disease.
The Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation is dedicated to fighting the most common cancer in young men. Since its founding, it has invested in public awareness programs and services to raise awareness of testicular cancer and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. SKTCF is a national organization focusing exclusively on health promotion and prevention services related to testicular cancer.
The disease is the number one cancer in men under 40. Over 8400 new cases will be diagnosed this year. Testicular cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer. The overall 5-year survival rate is approximately 95%. However, the complexity of treating the disease greatly increases and the survival rate declines as the disease progresses. The survival rate is 99% when caught at its earliest stage. Unfortunately, half of all men diagnosed with testicular cancer do not seek medical attention until after the cancer has spread to other areas of the body.
SKTCF has used groundbreaking tactics to engage the young men most at risk for the disease. Educational materials including videos, brochures, posters, and training materials to further grassroots advocacy campaigns can be downloaded from the website.
Continuing efforts are critical to ensure that individuals and practitioners are aware of risk reduction strategies, generate new conversations, and create an environment of proactive momentum for change in attitude and actions.
The Foundation was established in memory of Sean Kimerling, the Emmy Award-winning
anchor of PIX11 sports and pre-game announcer for the Mets. Sean died from testicular cancer
on September 9, 2003. He was only 37.
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