Carson Daly submitted to a testicular exam on national TV Friday morning, and as awkward as it must have been to let a man fondle his testicles on national television, Daly and his Today show colleague Willie Geist allowed the slightly uncomfortable procedure to be televised for a very good reason — to spread the word about the risks of testicular cancer.
But for Daly and Geist, and for that matter, Lenox Hill Hospital urology chairman Dr. David Yamadi, who performed the testicular exams, the seriousness of the issue didn’t stand in the way of a ceaseless stream of puns and wisecracks, probably designed to relieve the nervousness that comes with receiving such an intimate procedure, even in private, much less before an audience of millions — not only watching on television but on a giant HD screen looming over New York City’s Times Square.
“When I heard what you guys were doing, I thought it was nuts!” said Today Show co-host Savannah Guthrie at the start of the segment.
The doctor got in on the act next, asking Geist and Daly, “Who’s going to play ball first?” When Geist took up that challenge and completed his exam — with the actual testicular exam carried out behind a door, shielded fro, the prying Today show cameras — Samadi approached Carson Daly and said, “the ball is in his court.”
Geist described his exam as “not bad at all,” saying the entire procedure took only a few seconds.
“This isn’t just your average, when you go for a physical and you turn your head and cough,” Daly warned, saying that Samadi was going to do “a little bit more than that.”
But not much more. Both men’s exams were completed in mere moments — though the Today show segment last more than eight minutes, an eternity in TV time, and contained an unofficial network TV record of 18 repetitions of the word “testicular.”
According to statistics published by Cancer.net, an estimated 8,820 American men will be diagnosed testicular cancer this year alone, and 380 men will die from symptoms stemming from the disease.
But receiving testicular exams is highly important because when detected in its early stages, testicular cancer is one of the most treatable and survivable forms of the deadly disease.
According to Cancer.net, a full 95 percent of men diagnosed with the disease survive at least five years. Testicular cancer is not a disease which occurs later in life, primarily. In fact, it is the most commonly occurring cancer in men and boys between the ages of 15 and 35.
Willie Geist is now 39-years-old while Carson Daly is 41. Watch the Today show segment of the pair receiving their testicular exams, above.