Many men are discouraged from talking about their health problems, but this Movember we want to help raise awareness about the health issues men face. One of the biggest threats to men’s health is Testicular Cancer. Yes, it’s a subject that most people don’t want to talk about, not just men. But the fact is that we need to raise awareness about Testicular Cancer. Understanding it can help reduce the stigma around it, and help men get the treatment they need.
Who is at Risk for Testicular Cancer?
The important thing to know is that Testicular Cancer isn’t something that strikes the elderly exclusively, or adult men. In fact, the most common occurrence of Testicular cancer is between men aged 15 – 39 – in the prime of their lives.
There are also other things that can influence how susceptible you might be to testicular cancer. Men with undescended testes at birth have a high risk. Those men who have a family history of cancer, such as a father or brother who had cancer are also at risk. If you’ve had testicular cancer before, there’s also the chance that it might return.
The Facts about Testicular Cancer
Testicles produce male hormones (mostly testosterone) and sperm – that’s something just about everyone knows. Testicular cancer starts as an abnormal growth or tumor that develops in one or both testicles. There are also several types of testicular cancer. The most common is the germ cell tumor.
If you’ve been diagnosed, the most important thing to do is to talk with your doctor about treatment choices. It’s always good to get more than one doctor’s opinion, and then make a decision about what is the best for you.
It’s also important to talk with your family about it. This is true of any illness, especially cancer. Having a solid support system can help you cope with the journey ahead of you. It’s also important to discuss your treatment options with your family, as it will impact you and everyone around you.
There is some good news. It is a highly treatable cancer. It can be effectively treated and cured, if diagnosed and treated early. Advanced testicular cancer can also be cured with treatment. Options include:
- Orchiectomy (surgical removal of the affected testis), done under general anaesthetic.
- Chemotherapy or radiotherapy, often prescribed after surgery to treat any remaining cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body, such as lymph nodes.
- IMPORTANT: The removal of one testicle should not alter your ability to have sex or have children. The effect on fertility following removal of one of the testicles is minimal as a single testicle produces such large numbers of sperm. Men with testicular cancer should talk to their oncologist about sperm banking before commencing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Check Yourself – #KnowThyNuts
The best thing you can do for your testicles is give them a bit of a feel each month or so, and if something doesn’t seem right, head to the doctor.
Get steamy. A warm shower will put your nuts in the mood.
Roll one nut between thumb and fingers to get to know what’s normal. Repeat with the other nut.
If you notice a change in size or shape, a lump that wasn’t there before, or if they become painful to touch, see a doctor. Don’t panic but do get it checked out.
It’s important to check frequently and notice any changes early. Spending time in our therapeutic Ozone Steam Sauna can help cope with symptoms of testicular cancer. Join us this Movember, and #KnowThyNuts!
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