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Friday, April 19, 2019

Testicular Cancer

April is often decked out with violet ribbons. The ribbons are helping to draw awareness to Testicular Cancer. This is one of the most common cancers it is one that does not get a lot of talk. With an average of one out of every 263 men diagnosed with Testicular Cancer during their lifetime and out of these around 400 cases are fatal. Perhaps the best news is that like with many cancers if caught early Testicular cancer is 99% survivable.

Testicular cancer affects the testicles in a man's body. The testicles are part of the male reproductive system and are responsible for creating male hormone and creating sperm. Some cases of Testicular cancer can begin while the male is in the youth years but this is very rare. It is important for every male starting at the age of 33 to be screened. In addition knowing the risk factors will help in the battle as well. Risk factors include:
  • having an undescended testicle
  • family history of testicular cancer
  • HIV infection
  • previous diagnosis of testicular cancer
  • race / ethnicity
  • body size

Monthly self exams should be performed as well. In the same manner as breast self exams the monthly exams will make one more aware of their own body. Take note of any irregularities and reporting these to their doctor. These irregularities can be any lumps that are felt that were not present before. Another great source that awareness is striving to bring about is educating the public about Testicular Cancer

One of the best defenses when it comes to health care is education. Knowledge allows us to be prepared when something may go wrong. So place your violet ribbon where all can see it. Both men and those that love them should be prepared with knowledge and ready to share awareness with all. 

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