How often do you feel your nuts? Well we are hoping that its often as this is the best way, for you to detect any changes in your testicles that may be cause for concern. Testicular cancer usually occurs in males from the age off 15-49, however this does not mean that you cannot get testicular cancer outside of this age range.
Typically the symptoms of testicular cancer are painless, therefore, it’s vital that we check our testicles regularly to see if there are any changes. In Order for us too identify any changes its important to know what a normal testicle should look and feel like. When checking healthy testicles, they should feel firm to the touch but not hard, they should be free from lumps and bumps and should feel smooth. If you notice any changes in your testicles while performing your routine checks you should visit your doctor, and it is recommended that you check yourself every week.
Testicular cancer and the causes
From the research that has been undertaken, there is no known cause of testicular cancer. However, there are a number of factors that increase the likelihood of the cancer in some men. If a boy is born and their testicles do not descend by the age of 1, and an operation has to be undertaken, then the male is 3 times as likely to develop testicular cancer, in contrast to those whose testicles naturally descend in their infancy.
If you previously have been diagnosed with testicular cancer you are up to 8 times as likely to get the cancer in the other testicle, therefore its imperative that you attend all follow ups , and that you continue to get checked regularly by a doctor as early detection increases the chance of eradicating the cancer.
If there is a family history of testicular cancer this can increase the risk, for example if either your father or brother have had testicular cancer, you can be anyway where between 4-8 times as likely to also develop the disease.
The survival rates of testicular cancer are very good, with most men in the UK having a survival rate of 99% with early detection and diagnosis. Even if the cancer has progressed beyond stage one there is still a very high rate of survival, however this does not mean that we should rest on our laurels, regular checking will only help increase the rate of survival further. For more information about survival rates visit cancer research for a more informed view.
The big questionnaire
We decided to ask around and find out how many of us do have a regular rummage, and the results were quite staggering, only 1 in 5 of the men that we asked said that they actively check their testicles for any changes. The main reasons where mostly complacency, so guys dig deep and ensure that you are checking yourself on a weekly basis. There is no need to be embarrassed about ball talk either, because a moment of possible awkwardness may save your life.
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