Guys, April is testicular cancer awareness month. This is a subject that is not normally talked about, but it is essential we have the conversation with one another. This is a young man’s cancer. Testicular cancer is most common in men between the ages of 18 – 39. It is most important we man up, grab our balls and feel for anything abnormal. Don’t be worried about asking your mates if they have checked their nuts. Just ask! It may be just the prompt they need to have a feel. Truth is, it may just save your buddy’s life.
Over the past few years, more and more clients tell me they have or had testicular cancer, these are mostly young, healthy men. Early diagnosis is key. Over the past 30 years, testicular cancer has grown by more than 50% in men in their 20’s, the reason for this is unknown. The survival rate for testicular cancer however, is 98%, let’s try to make that percentage even higher.
According to the Cancer Council, testicular cancer may cause no symptoms, but the most common symptoms are painless swelling or a lump in a testicle. Other less common symptoms may include: feeling of heaviness in the scrotum; swelling or lump in the testicle; change in the size or shape of the testicle; feeling of unevenness, pain or ache in the lower abdomen, the testicle or scrotum; back pain and enlargement or tenderness of the breast tissue (due to hormones created by cancer cells).
Guys, don’t be ashamed of having to drop your pants and get your tackle out in front of a Doctor to let them touch, poke and prod at your jewels. Professionals look at and see genitals every day, there is absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about. As a mechanic, working on a vehicle, or a boilermaker looking at a weld, the internal running’s of the car or the structure of the weld is what is important. So, when the Doctor is looking at your willy, it is not what it looks like that matters, nor how big or small it may be but rather they are solely checking for pain, unevenness or change in your balls.
Don’t ignore any pain, lumps, bumps or anything unexplained. If you’re not sure, make an appointment to see your doctor. If you don’t want to go to the doctor, get your partner, mate, holy fuck even your mum or dad to have a feel and they will oblige and then after checking, they should still tell you to go see a doctor anyway and if need be, offer to take you for support.
So, men, open up to your mates, you never know what difference you may make in their life.
For more information about testicular cancer, click the read more button, to a link, to a booklet titled, Understanding Testicular Cancer. A guide for men with cancer, their families and friends. This booklet is put out by the Cancer Council. For further support and advice, you can call 131120 or contact your GP.
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