Testicular Cancer Awareness
April is Testicular Cancer Awareness month. This isn't a cancer we hear about as much, likely because it doesn't effect as many people as many other cancers do. Or, perhaps because the highest prevalence is among teens and men aged 15-35 and they likely don't want to share about the cancer they have THERE.
Testicular cancer is a very treatable and curable cancer, especially when detected early and typically affects only one testicle. Just under 10,000 males will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year while one in 250 males will be diagnosed in a lifetime.
Here are signs and symptoms to be aware of:
- a painless lump in a testicle. An early stage lump would be the size of a pea or marble. If unnoticed, the lump could potentially grow bigger.
- swelling or an enlarged testicle
- a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
- a dull ache in the groin or abdomen
- a sudden build-up of fluid in the scrotum
- pain or discomfort in a testicle or scrotum
- enlarged or tender breasts
If you notice any of these signs, or have symptoms lasting longer than 2 weeks, it is recommended to see your doctor for further evaluation.