It’s April, spring is starting to get into full flow and it’s finally starting to feel like those horrible cold, rainy days are behind us! The month represents Testicular Cancer Awareness Month which aims to educate men on how to recognize the cancer and raise general awareness of how common the disease in young men; but most importantly, how easy it is to cure.
The disease is most common in younger men aged between 15 and 49. It’s one of the more simple cancers to cure but it’s imperative that the cancer is caught early to ensure that it doesn’t have the time to spread. Dr Zahed Khan, a Testicular Cancer specialist at The Clatterbridge Clinic explained “Even in the absence of significant environmental factors, the incidence of testicular cancer is expected to rise.”
Below are some of the signs and symptoms which you should see your GP about immediately if you are experiencing them.
- A lump, enlargement or abnormality in a testicle
- A heavy feeling in the scrotum
- A dull ache in the abdomen or groin
- A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
- Pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum
- Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts
- Back pain
Men need to be aware of their body and any changes in it. Regular checks on your testicles and scrotum aren’t difficult. You could easily do it in a shower every day. Following this simple advice could be the difference between life and death and a quick check could be key to catching the cancer before it spreads. Dr Khan added “The essence to better outcome is always early diagnosis. This means not to be embarrassed about any symptoms related to testes and getting medical assistance without delay.”
There are also several factors which increase the risk of testicular cancer. If you are white, have a family history of the disease, have an undescended testicle or your testicles developed abnormally, you are more likely to suffer from the disease; however, it is possible to get testicular cancer without any of these factors. That’s not to say you’ll definitely get the cancer, but it’s advisable to check your bodies regularly.