Have you heard about testicular cancer but don’t know much about it? Did you know it is most commonly diagnosed in men 15 to 35 years of age? According to the testicular cancer resources, men should perform monthly self-exams of the testicles as early as the age of 15 . The risk is greater in white American men, and are five times more likely to be diagnosed with TC than African-American males. Testicular cancer is treatable with early detection, 99% percent of men diagnosed with TC survive it and lead active lives.
How To perform a self-exam
The best time to perform a self-exam is immediately after a warm shower the scrotal skin is relaxed and its contents can be easily felt.
- Check one testicle at a time
- Hold the testicle between your thumbs and fingers of both hands and roll it gently between your fingers
- If you notice any of these symptoms…
- hard lumps
- smooth or rounded bumps
- changes in size, shape, or consistency
- see a urologist right away
What are the symptoms?
The most common signs of Tc are lumps, swelling and/or pain in a testicle or in your scrotum. Usually, the lumps are on ball and they are painless and uncomfortable to have, so don’t wait to ask a doctor.
Swelling or enlargement of the testicles or your scrotum can have no lumps present, but once you begin to feel anything out of the ordinary, you should check it out with a doctor.
If they are left unchecked they can spread to other parts of the body. It generally works up to the torso, as it spread some guys begin to experience pain at their lower backs as they move to their lymph nodes.
Can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, or a cough, once it starts moving further to the lungs.
For more info visit: www.singejingles.org
- The Virginia Urology Center
- The Association of Cancer Online Resources
- The Cancer Network
By Lynda Akor