If you are male and between the ages of 15 and 44, you are at risk of facing one of the most dangerous health issues out there: testicular cancer. It is the leading cancer among men in that age group.
But the good news is that when it is detected early, it is more easily treated. That’s why it is important to do monthly self-exams.
Testicular cancer can develop in one or both of the testicles.
It can spread to other parts of the body including the abdomen, liver, lungs, bones, and brain – and is deadly if left untreated.
There has been a recent increase in cases, with about 8,500 new cases diagnosed annually. The average age of diagnosis is around 33. About 370 males die each year – most often because of the lack of early detection. If detected early and treated before the cancer spreads beyond the testicles, the 5 year survival rate is about 99%. The 5 year survival rate drops to about 75% once the cancer spreads.
Men ages 15 to 55 should perform a monthly self-examination to find any changes. Monthly testicular self-examinations, performed after a warm shower, can help find the cancer at an early stage. If you notice a lump, hardness, enlargement, pain, or any other change in one or both of your testicles, you should visit your doctor immediately.
Do a self-exam today and get regular checkups from your doctor. It can be a lifesaver – literally.