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Shining A Light On Testicular Cancer

 This week is Testicular Cancer Awareness Week.  I realize Testicular Cancer is not on your favorite topic list to learn about.  However, if you are a boy or a man.... or a mother/sister/grandmother/wife to a boy or a man... and you love them....then,  I encourage you to both learn about this topic and teach them about it as well.   Let's shine a little light on this topic!

Why? 

Because, Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 35. Furthermore, there will be almost 9000  new cases of Testicular Cancer this year and almost 400 young men will die from the disease.  More men will die from Testicular Cancer this year than women in the same age group will die of breast cancer. 

As with any cancer, early detection is key.  It is recommended that all men do a monthly testicular self-exam from puberty to 50.

How:

First: Examine your testicles. Slowly roll each testicle between the thumb and fingers. Try to find any hard, non sensitive lumps.

Second:  Examine the epididymis for lumps. This crescent-shaped cord is behind each testicle. This area is tender so do not be alarmed.

Third: Examine the VAS (the sperm-carrying tube which extends from the epididymis) of each testicle. 

Click Here for an online guide to self exam:  Get a Grip:  Testicular Cancer Detection

Together We Will Win: What Happen's When We Don't Talk About Testic... is a book written by a mother of a young man who had Testicular Cancer.  The bookIt is a great resource for mothers in teaching your child about Testicular Cancer prevention and awareness. I highly recommend this book.

The Bad News and The Good News:

Cases of testicular cancer, which affects one in 500 men, have been increasing since the 1930s.  Cases continue to rise  and are most prevalent in countries Denmark, Switzerland and Norway.

Testicular cancer is considered a curable cancer.  Testicular cancer is curable in 90% of cases if it is caught and treated early. Symptoms include a lump or sore on the testicle, pain or soreness, a persistent cough, blood in the urine and stomach and bowel problems.  Early detection techniques as described above and more successful treatment options are improving outcomes for this cancer every year.  However, left untreated or if found too late this cancer will spread to other areas of the body and cure can become impossible.  Please teach your men early detection awareness and techniques.  Thank you!

Resources:

Testicular Cancer Awareness

Testicular Cancer Newsbytes

All About Testicular Cancer

Cancer Topics: Testicular Cancer 

Testicular Cancer Resource Center

You Tube Self Exam by Physician

 

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