If you have testes, you’re at risk for testicular cancer, says Dr. Andrew Davidiuk, a urologist with Orlando Health Medical Group Urology.
If you have testes, you’re at risk for testicular cancer, says Dr. Andrew Davidiuk, a urologist with Orlando Health Medical Group Urology. And if you’re between the ages of 15 and 35, it is the most common cancer that will affect you.
That’s why examining your testes is among the most important tests you can take to manage your risk for testicular cancer.
Unlike prostate cancer, which usually affects men 65 and older, testicular cancer is a young man’s disease. About half of men diagnosed are 20 to 34 years old. Caucasian men also are at higher risk and are 4 to 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with testicular cancer than African-American and Asian-American men.
However, when detected early, testicular cancer is among the most treatable and survivable types of cancer. About 99 percent of men diagnosed survive with early detection and treatment, says Dr. Davidiuk.
Testing your testes only takes about a minute and can be done at home during or after a hot shower.
- Step 1: Test each testicle one at a time.
- Step 2: With both hands, hold the testicle between your thumbs and fingers, and gently roll it between your fingers.
- Step 3: Look and feel for hard lumps, smooth or rounded bumps and changes in size, shape or consistency.
- Step 4: Repeat the process each month. It may take a couple of self-tests to learn what your normal is, but you’ll soon be able to detect even the slightest change.
If you do notice something out of the ordinary, contact your doctor. Early detection and treatment are key factors in surviving this disease.
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