April: Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

April 11th, 2014 by Tracy Chuey

April TT Cancer 

Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable, especially if caught early.  If caught at an early stage, before it has spread, the survival rate is almost 100% but if caught at a late stage the rate drops to 80%.

Testicular cancer can develop in one or both testicles.  Most tumors are metastatic, meaning they have the ability to spread to other organs, such as the lymph system, lungs and brain, leading to serious illness or death.  Testicular cancer is rare, accounting for about 1% of all male cancers.  However, testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men ages 15-35.

Men themselves, not doctors, find most testicular cancers as a painless lump or an enlargement or hardening of the testicle, this is why regular self-exams are so important.  If you do notice any lumps or changes it is important to see a doctor immediately.  Many men with testicular cancer do not feel ill and many times there is no pain involved.

Go to the Testicular Cancer Society’s website for the:  3 Step Testicular Self Exam.

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