Sunday 23 October 2016

Cancer survivor Aaron urges young men to get checked out

Cancer survivor Aaron Dillon pictured near his home in Finglas.
Cancer survivor Aaron Dillon pictured near his home in Finglas.

Don't turn a blind eye when it comes to your health is the message from testicular cancer survivor Aaron Dillon.

The 24-year-old has urged other young men to get themselves checked out if they have any health concerns.

"I began to fell unwell around the autumn of 2013 with severe abdominal pains. The area in which I had the cancer became swollen," he told the Herald.

Aaron, from Finglas, went to his GP and was referred for an ultrasound.

"I was waiting nearly six weeks for the ultrasound appointment, which was quite a long time," he said.

He got his appointment on December 19, 2013, and subsequently received a phone call telling him to go to the Mater Hospital.

"They didn't tell me there and then that it was anything like cancer, but I went straight in to the hospital and they operated on me two days later," he said.

Aaron was told he had testicular cancer, but that in 95pc of cases it is curable if caught early.

He underwent four months of intense chemotherapy and then had another major operation last August, in Beaumont Hospital, to remove some tissue near his kidneys.

The inspirational student is currently doing a Masters in International Relations at DCU.

"I am fine now," said Aaron, who added that he got a huge amount of support from his family.


Aaron will be a torchbearer at the ARC Cancer Support Centre's Torch of Hope annual relay race. The event takes place this Sunday around Dublin Bay.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, RTE's Keelin Shanley and former rugby international Tony Ward are also taking part.

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