Paul H. Byerly
Testicular cancer occurs in about 2.8 out of 100,000 men, with about 4000 cases in the USofA each year. The right testicle is more likely to be affected than the left, and having had mumps as a child puts a man at increased risk. Most testicular cancer occurs between 25 and 29 - it's very, very rare (but not unheard of), before 20 or after 40. Lance Armstrong has shown that someone with cancer of the testicle can not only survive, but thrive. Early detection greatly improves survival rates, so checking yourself is very important!
Symptoms of testicular cancer include:
- a lump in the testicle
- enlargement of testicle
- pain in the back
- abdominal discomfort
- breast enlargement
- blood in semen (note that blood in the semen is usually not a sign of a problem, but it should always be checked).
- actual pain in the testicle is rare, and a lack of pain does not indicate a lack of cancer.
If you check monthly you will know what your testicles feel like, and will immediately notice any change. Early detection can mean the difference between life and death!
Fathers, teach your son to do this when he gets into high school.
Husbands, remind your wife to check for breast cancer every month (or do it for her!)
Wives, remind your husband to check his testicles - or do it for him!