Testicular cancer is the leading form of cancer in young men ages 15 to 35. It is also more than 99% curable with relatively minimal treatment when found early. Here are three big things you can do to prevent testicular cancer.
In this episode of Urologist Nerds Drinking Beer, the nerds discuss the big “C” and steps men can take to prevent testicular cancer and make sure that their balls are healthy.
1. Know your junk
It can be difficult to know what’s “normal” when it comes to balls. The best thing to do is to get to know your junk. Generally, testicles should have an egg shape with a relative firmness. There is a small coiled tube called the epididymis on the back side that can feel like a small lump if you are familiar with feeling it.
2. Check yourself once a month
Find a regular time to check yourself. Maybe a shower or your favorite show. Feel around, squeeze a little and notice if anything feels different or abnormal. You should take note of any new lumps, bumps, shrinkage or swelling.
3. Go to the doctor
Not all masses are cancerous. In fact, most of them are not. Other things that can cause abnormalities in the testicle include: hydrocele, varicocele, and spermatocele to name a few. However,This is one of those areas where it is better to be safe than sorry. Testicular cancer is one of the easiest forms of cancer to treat if detected early. Unfortunately, many men put off going to the doctor until they experience significant symptoms. By then, the cancer has often spread making treatment more difficult.
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