April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, and the Testicular Cancer Foundation wants to raise awareness for the most commonly diagnosed cancer in males aged 15-34. They’re also looking to encourage men to be more on top of and open about their health.
When it comes to a disease like testicular cancer, the difference between early detection and finding something in the later stages are quite literally in your own hands. The stats are very much in your favor when catching this disease early, as testicular cancer has a 99% survival rate when the symptoms are detected in their early stages. The easiest and most efficient way to check for the symptoms of testicular cancer is through a simple self-exam.
In less than 60 seconds, you can check yourself for testicular cancer symptoms without even breaking your daily routine. Performed typically in the shower and once a month, “a simple self-exam can save time, money, unnecessary treatment and ultimately save a life” (TCF). Below are some steps on how to perform a self-check, and what to look for:
- Check one testicle at a time
- Hold the testicle between your thumb and fingers of both hands and roll it gently between your fingers.
- If you notice any of these symptoms, see a urologist right away.
- Changes in size, shape, or consistency.
- Hard lumps.
- Smooth or rounded bumps.
A cancer diagnosis is never easy to deal with, but the statistics show that testicular cancer is very treatable, and survivors have a very good chance of returning to normal, everyday life after surgery/treatment.
There are many resources available to stay educated on this cancer, as well as support for those diagnosed and recovered. Take action today to ensure your personal health as well as the health of the men in our lives.