Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men 15 to 34 years old. With timely diagnosis, testicular cancer is most likely treatable and most often curable. Of the issues that are brought up during Movember, on the surface, would seem fairly insignificant. It is comparatively rare (about 1 in 263 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer at some part in their lives). About 8,700 men will be diagnosed with it this year. So, if it is so rare, why bother to talk about it?
That is easy. Because it needs to be talked about. It needs to be pulled out of the shadows. As mentioned, it is treatable and curable, with TIMELY diagnosis. But with such a… delicate topic, many men are reticent to seek help, and because of that hesitation almost 400 men will die needlessly all because they prefer to suffer in silence rather than seeking help. Also, it should be noted that the number of diagnosed cases has doubled over the past 50 years.
S0 who is at risk?
- Mostly men ages 15-34, though about 7% of cases are in children and teens, and another 7% occurs in men over 55.
- Men with a family history such as a brother or father diagnosed with testicular cancer.
- Men who have had a previous occurrence of testicular cancer.
- Men who have undescended testes at birth.
Much like breast cancer, self exam is key to early detection and survival.
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