Guys talk about their balls every day. It's time to add "Cancer" to those conversations!
Testicular Cancer is a young man's disease, generally ages 15-45.
The first sign of Testicular Cancer usually shows up as a small lump in one of the testicles. Often, a testicle lump is nothing to worry about. Take note of the size of the lump and of both testicles. Check often for change in size of lump or testicles, or for increase in number of lumps. If you feel something is not right with your body, it is very important to make your Doctor check you for Testicular Cancer.
A test for Testiclar Cancer is not painful. Testing is done with ultra-sound, MRI, CT scan, or x-ray, and blood testing.
SYMPTOMS TO LOOK FOR:
- A LUMP ON EITHER TESTICLE OR AN ENLARGEMENT OF A TESTICLE.
- ANY FEELING OF HEAVINESS IN THE SCROTUM
- A DULL ACHE IN THE ABDOMEN OR GROIN
- A SUDDEN COLLECTION OF FLUID IN THE SCROTUM
- ENLARGEMENT, LUMP, OR TENDERNESS OF ONE OR BOTH NIPPLES
If you notice ANY of these symptoms, ask your doctor to check you for Testicular Cancer.
HOW TO EXAMINE YOURSELF:
- A SELF EXAM IS BEST DONE AFTER A WARM BATH OR SHOWER, WHEN SKIN IS SOFTEST.
- MOST TESTICLE LUMPS ARE NOT CANCEROUS, BUT ANY CHANGES IN SIZE, SHAPE, OR WEIGHT SHOULD BE CHECKED BY YOUR DOCTOR.
- SUPPORT THE SCROTUM IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND AND BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE SIZE AND WEIGHT OF EACH TESTICLE.
- EXAMINE EACH TESTICLE BY ROLLING IT BETWEEN YOUR FINGERS AND THUMB. PRESS GENTLY TO FEEL FOR LUMPS, SWELLINGS, OR CHANGES IN FIRMNESS.
- REMEMBER EACH TESTICLE HAS AN EPEDIDYMIS AT THE TOP WHICH CARRIES SPERM TO THE PENIS. DON'T PANIC IF YOU FEEL THIS - IT'S NORMAL.
Reference sources for the above information: www.checkemlads.com, www.tc-cancer.com, & http://tcrc.acor.org
It's your body, check it out! If you feel something is wrong, make your doctor check you for Testicular cancer.
We can't stress this enough -- if you feel something is wrong, find a Doctor who will check you - Testicular Cancer is a young man's disease. It is curable if treated early!
Many doctors will not routinely talk about testicular cancer to their young male patients.
Testicle health is NOT part of a routine Sports Physical Exam.
Be proactive. Take the lead and find a doctor who will take the time to talk about, and check for testicular cancer.