Shippensburg University students attempt to break world record with self-check exam


Monday night, many Shippensburg University students came piling into the “Ships Got Balls” event, which was a world record attempt to have the largest simultaneous self-check for testicular cancer ever recorded. 

“Basically, it’s a bunch of guys in a room, hands-down the pants [and] no nudity but learning about how to do one, so they can do one at home, and we recommend monthly testicular self-exams,” said Jason Greenspan, testicular cancer survivor.

Greenspan put the event together. In addition to setting a new world record, his mission was to eliminate the stigma for men to talk about testicular cancer.

“A lot of people are embarrassed to talk about it, and we’re trying to eliminate that stigma here tonight. It’s amazing the amount of people that are out right now who clearly are fine with it,” said Greenspan.

And when the time came, more than 200 men stood together and did a self-check at the same time.

A few medical experts led the self-check exam and also encouraged the men that if they feel something not right, to go and get it checked out. 

“Most of the time, when young men are presented with something they think is a problem there, they notice a lump or a bump, it turns out to be something very benign and nothing too big to be concerned about, but it’s important to get it checked out and find out and be sure,” said Todd Peterson, Medical Director, Shippensburg University.

One of the other speakers was Justin Birckbichler, who was diagnosed a year ago with testicular cancer.

He started his own blog and likes to use humor to talk about the sensitive subject. 

“You need to be on the ball with those puns, and there’s a whole lot of different puns, so talking about it in a light sense, while maintaining the seriousness of it, is a really good way to dispel some of the stigma and take it to the next level, so it’s just an everyday conversation piece,” said Birckbichler.

According to Greenspan, they had 235 participants, breaking the previous record set in 2010 of 208.

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