Testicular Cancer Mascot - Presenting Brazil’s Mr. Balls
A testicular cancer mascot to help spread public awareness about cancer? Brazil thought it’s a good idea - and went on creating one. The number of men with testicular cancer increases annually but it can be treated. Mr. Balls - the mascot - wants people to know that.
Brazilians actually call him, in their native language, “Senhor Testiculo” or, in English, “Mr. Testicles.” As other people might find the latter too vulgar or to say in public, “Mr. Balls” serves as the more preferred English name.
Mr. Balls is a giant pair of testicles who appears to be friendly (thanks to his smiling face) despite what is described to be a “disturbing” appearance.
Why does Brazil have a testicular cancer mascot? What could be the need for such?
The non-profit organization Associacao de Assistencia as Pessoas com Cancer(Association of Personal Assistance for Cancer) or AAPEC created the said testicular cancer mascot.
In 2013, AAPEC presented Mr. Balls in a public event in Brazil. It garnered laughter from the crowd, with its round eyes, rosy cheeks, mole, and two front teeth (i.e., an upper tooth and a lower tooth).
While Mr. Balls made people laugh, it also sparked people’s curiosity and got the attention of the media to help spread cancerawareness.
AAPEC said on its website:
Both children and adults loved taking pictures with the mascot, a friendly snowman in the shape of testicle.- Associacao de Assistencia as Pessoas com Cancer (AAPEC)
Hundreds die of testicular cancer every year. According to the American Cancer Society, its cases continue to rise around the world.