Men are diagnosed with testicular cancer at least every 2-4 hours in the United States. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 35. The good news is testicular cancer is a treatable cancer. Early detection is the most important way to fight back.
Signs and symptoms of Testicular Cancer
- A lump or enlargement in either testicle
- A feeling of heaviness 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
Also, many men may have no symptoms (asymptomatic). Men can perform self-examination monthly after a warm shower to check for testicular cancer.
How to perform a Testicular Cancer Self-Examination
- Use a mirror and check for any swelling on the scrotal skin.
- Examine each testicle with both hands. Place the index and middle fingers under the testicle with the thumbs placed on top. Firm but gently roll the testicle between the thumbs and fingers to feel for any irregularities on the surface or texture of the testicle.
- Search for the epididymis, a soft rope-like structure on the back of the testicle. If you are familiar with this structure, you won’t mistake it for a suspicious lump.
If you notice any lumps or irregularities see a healthcare provider right away. Keep in mind that not all lumps or irregularities are cancerous, however, only the healthcare provider can make that determination. Visit the National Cancer Institute to learn more. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/testicular/Patient/page1
Join me by inviting male family members and friends to get an annual testicular cancer screen this month. It only takes a few minutes. Let’s continue raising awareness of No Shave November (www.no-shave.org). All St. Hope Health Centers provide testicular cancer screenings. Call today to schedule an appointment at 713.778.1300.