DT38 Foundation – Testicular
Cancer Awareness

The DT38 Foundation was founded in memory of the talented professional footballer Dylan Tombides, who lost a long and brave battle with Testicular Cancer in 2014, aged 20. Dylan played for West Ham United FC and represented Australia at U23 level.

He was obsessed with the ‘beautiful game’ from a young age and was destined for the very top. Adored for his charming personality and recognised for his outstanding ability, Dylan was immensely popular on and off the pitch. But above all, he was a wonderful son, brother, family man and friend to so many.

Since 2015, DT38 (‘DT’ Dylan Tombides, ‘38’ Dylan’s shirt number at West Ham United) has made great strides in raising awareness of testicular cancer both in the UK and Australia. We are very privileged to benefit from close links with many major football organisations including West Ham United FC, Socceroos, Football Federation Australia, Perth Glory FC, PFA Australia and PFA UK.

Our main goals are to:
Drive the SELF-AWARENESS campaign for the early detection of testicular cancer

  1. Focus on youth EDUCATION through various teaching programmes aligned to national curricula
  2. Provide OPPORTUNITIES linked to fun and accessible activities within the community

Testicular Cancer – The Facts

  • Testicular cancer affects younger men aged 15- 49
  • It is the most common cancer in young men in the UK It is the second most common cancer in young men in Australia
  • There were 2207 cases diagnosed in the UK in 2011 and 63 deaths
  • There were 732 cases diagnosed in Australia in 2011 and 25 deaths
  • The rate of men diagnosed with testicular cancer has grown 50% in the past 30 years and the reason is unknown
  • The survival rate is 98% if caught in time

National testicular cancer screening test programmes do not exist in the UK or Australia and we believe this has to change. Awareness saves lives.

Purchase the children’s book ‘Didge’ by Natasha Evans here with forward by Karren Brady. Proceeds to DT38 Foundation.

 For more information please contact: www.dt38.org