The OddBalls Guide to Checking Yourself! 0:46 Published on Oct 28, 2015
Here is the OddBalls guide to checking yourself for testicular cancer! Follow these simple steps and if you have any concerns please contact a doctor!
20 Points about Testicular Cancer!
- It is important to get to know your testicles and what they feel like.
- A testicular cancer lump is not usually sore.
- Testicular cancer lumps usually feel hard and craggy.
- Testicular cancer is the commonest cancer amongst males aged between 15 and 45.
- The earlier testicular cancer is diagnosed the better the chance of cure.
- All males over 15 should check their testicles once a month.
- Don't ever be embarrassed to check your testicles.
- Although testicular cancer is commoner in younger men it can occur, rarely, over age 45.
- 95 % of testicular cancers are curable.
- Collection and storage of sperm prior to treatment allows for future fertility.
- It is quite normal for one testicle to be bigger than the other.
- Chemotherapy is a very successful treatment of testicular cancer.
- If a testicle has to be removed a prosthetic one can be inserted in its place.
- A lump in the scrotum does not automatically mean testicular cancer, there are several other causes of testicular swelling.
- If you find a lump in your testicle contact your GP straight away.
- A painful testicle is usually due to another cause than testicular cancer, but still needs checked by your doctor.
- A very acute severe pain in the testicle needs an emergency referral to hospital because it could be a twisted testicle.
- Over 90 % of testicular swellings are caused by other conditions such as a hyrdocele or epididymitis.
- As testicular cancer is around 95 % curable early diagnosis and regular checking is important.
- Testicular cancer is not a sexually transmitted disease.
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