About testicular cancer
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer of men between the ages of 20 and 35. It affects about 2000 men each year, and the risk of getting testicular cancer is about 1 in 400. It is a very easily treatable cancer if you can detect it at a really early stage, the cure rate is very good.
Since 1975, testicular cancer has more than doubled – and the reasons for this are not yet known.
Testicular cancer causes around 70 deaths every year in the UK, and we need to make that number a lot less.
The most common sign or symptom of testicular cancer is a developing lump in the testis or a change in size or shape of the testis, sometimes associated with discomfort, sometimes just a pure swelling of the testicle. Occasionally signs of back pain or a cough. Also enlargement of the breasts, which are usually signs of a more advanced cancer.
Checking yourself regularly seems a sensible piece of advice, probably not more than once a month. But it’s really a question of knowing what it normally feels like, if there are changes, you should be able to tell the difference. The most effective way of doing this, is just after you get out of a hot bath or shower. Your scrotum relaxes and your testicles descend a little bit more than normal. Just feel around, you will notice any differences after you are familiar with them. At first you will be doing it to find irregularities.
If you do find something not quite right, you’ll spot it.
Anything to do with your ‘nuts’ is obviously embarrassing, so you just have to get over it.
The longer you leave it, the more likely the cancer will spread and the more advanced it’s likely to be and the treatment more intense.
If a lump is found and it looks like a tumour, a testicular cancer, then the first treatment is to remove the cancer by removing the testicle. At the same time a silicone testicle can be put in, if so you may not notice the difference afterwards.
The worst thing you can do is ignore a change. Testicular cancer is a very treatable, very curable disease. If it is detected early, the treatment is fairly minimal and is very, very successful.
The more you worry about it and the longer you leave it, the worse it’s going to get. So if ever you are in doubt, go to the doctor, cos you’ve got nothing to lose……..”except your balls”
Chemo, in some cases can make you infertile, so there are facilities to bank some sperm for the future. If you want to have kids, the only way to guarantee it is to put something in the bank.