Often considered an embarrassing a subject, Testicular Cancer is generally not talked about by young men. However, it is young to middle aged men that need to hear about testicular cancer the most. Since April is testicular cancer awareness month, it’s time for you or the men in your life to man up and grab the subject by the balls.
First, the good news: Testicular cancer is a highly treatable condition that has a low mortality rate.
he American Cancer Society’s estimates for testicular cancer in the United States for 2020 are:
• About 9,610 new cases of testicular cancer diagnosed
• About 440 deaths from testicular cancer
• Testicular cancer is not common: about 1 of every 250 males will develop testicular cancer at some point during their lifetime the average age at the time of diagnosis of testicular cancer is about 33. This is largely a disease of young and middle-aged men, but about 6% of cases occur in children and teens, and about 8% occur in men over the age of 55.
• Because testicular cancer usually can be treated successfully, a man’s lifetime risk of dying from this cancer is very low: about 1 in 5,000.
Here’s the not so good news: The incidence rate of testicular cancer has been increasing in the US and many other countries for several decades. (But most recently, the rate of increase has slowed according to the American Cancer Society.)
Here’s what you really need to know: Men must check their testicles for any abnormalities. The best time and place for this is in the shower when you are washing yourself ‘down there.’ If you feel anything that you think is abnormal, get it checked out. Sometimes, it may be nothing to worry about, but a doctor is the one that has to make that call. Early detection is the absolute key to staying healthy.
So, heads up, man up and touch down (there.) Here is a quick guide to show you how to do it.