From the Cancer Sutra website: “This project exists to help save lives. (One tweak, thrust, moan, and pant at a time.” (Warning: ‘Toons of sex positions ahead!)
The Cancer Sutra is a project that reminds people to check themselves and their partners for signs of cancer. Because in many cases, the earlier you detect cancer, the easier it will be to treat.
The Cancer Sutra is exactly what it sounds like: Sex positions, but with silly tips about how you could multi-task and check your partner for breast, testicular, skin, or prostate cancer WHILE YOU’RE BONING.
NYC-based advertising agency The Bull-White House partnered with Stupid Cancer to create the Cancer Sutra. “We want to show that you can put across a serious message in a way that will bring joy,” Matthew Bull, of Bull-White House, tells BuzzFeed Life in an email.
This position is called The Nutty Professor. You can check your partner’s balls for testicular cancer using this saucy move.
From the picture caption: “As your lips find something to occupy themselves with, let your hand make its way to his testicles. But gentle, gentle; lest you turn his ecstatic moans into woeful groans.”
This is the Cat (or Matt) Scan. It’s a great position to eyeball your partner’s skin for any new and suspicious-looking moles.
Suspicious moles are a sign of skin cancer, FYI.
And this one’s called the Ultrabound Test. You can give your partner’s boobs a squeeze and a look-see to check for any unusual or suspicious signs of breast or skin cancer.
From the caption: “While we’re sure you rarely miss an opportunity to give her bosoms more than a fleeting glance, now’s your chance for a closer inspection.”
Big super-important caveat here: The Cancer Sutra is NOT giving you actual or legitimate medical advice.
For instance, doctors DON’T advise that people actually manually check themselves (or their partners) for prostate cancer (which is what’s going on in the above position, the Dr. Ben Dover) — that’s because doctors are much better able to know what’s going on by feel alone. And on a more serious note, prostate cancer screening in general is a fairly complicated topic, with risks and limitations. The American Cancer Society recommends that people who want to get screened for prostate cancer should talk about all sides of the issue with their personal doctors, to make a fully informed decision. More on this here.
THAT SAID. Doctors absolutely recommend that people perform skin self-exams and testicular self-exams, to monitor new suspicious looking moles, spots, lumps, and other things that shouldn’t be there. And it’s a good idea to be aware of what your breasts or chest look like and feel like, in case you DO feel a lump or see any weird or suspicious changes. That way you can get in to your doctor and get it checked out and treated ASAP.
Bottom line: Pay attention to your body. Inform yourself about what suspicious signs and symptoms might look like. And talk to your doctor about any and all of this if you see something that troubles you, or if you have any questions.
Carolyn Kylstra BuzzFeed Staff for BuzzFeed.com