This week’s blog we are going to go balls deep about your testicular health because April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.
Each year, approximately 8,000 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer which is a relatively low number when compared to other cancers. However, what most guys don’t know is that this form of cancer is most prevalent in guys that are young and between the ages of 15 to 35 years-old.
So, what are your risk factors and what the heck are you supposed to do? Well, for starters, keep an eye on the ball. No seriously. If you notice the following signs or symptoms get your ass or testicles to a doctor asap. And also feel free to have your partner or girlfriend double check for you.
- Swelling in one or both testicles (even if it’s a very subtle change)
- Heaviness in the scrotum area
- A painless lump small or big in one or both testicles
- Groin pain or an aching sensation in the the lower part of your abs or back
- Unexplained fluid that showed up suddenly in your scrotum
- Sudden and unexplained pain in your testicles
Risks vary but are higher for guys that were born with a testicle that failed to drop, an HIV infection(always use a rubber), a history of testicular cancer, or plain old genetics.
One last risk factor: most men that are white or Caucasian tend to be diagnosed the most with testicular cancer.
Now, for the good news. By being aware of your risk, checking your testicles each month for lumps and adding a testicular exam as part of your annual well visit with your doctor means you can catch it early. The earlier you catch it the more curable it is.