Play With Them If You Got’em
Written by Daniel Casillas
April 1-7 was Testicular Cancer Awareness week in the United States — yes, I know I’m two weeks late. Regardless, I feel it is still important to bring to your attention a health issue that affects young men between the ages of 15 and 34. Yes, I did say men as young as 15. While the thought of testicular cancer may be furthest from your mind, given other priorities in your life (e.g., tuition, dorm life, sex life, party life), it really is — when you think about it — just a hand tug away.
Testicular cancer (TC), while rare, is still the most common form of cancer for young guys like us. There are approximately 7000-8000 new diagnosed cases each year and studies are indicating that this is on the increase. Testicular cancer is a reality for us and is blind when it comes to when and who it strikes. In fact, you probably recall such celebrities as Tom Green (not so much now these days), Lance Armstrong, and Dan Abrams (MSNBC) announcing they have TC.
The good news is that, when caught early, testicular cancer can be be successfully treated. The trick, of course, is knowing what TC is, how to detect symptoms, and doing routine self exams of your testicles.
What is testicular cancer?
Testicular cancer forms in the soft tissue of one or both of your testicles (a.k.a balls). TC typically starts off as germ cells (cells that make sperm) and is often referred to as testicular germ cell tumors.
What are the symptoms?
Often a man with TC may not feel sick. In fact, there may be instances when there are absolutely no clear signs that anything is wrong. Being aware of Symptoms and any changes in your body, your testicles and scrotum, could make all the difference.
Most often TC is first detected by you. You are your body’s first line of defense when it comes to testicular cancer. I figure since most of us guys are doing something with our testicles on a daily basis, why not play them with a purpose. Make it a point to get a little more intimate with your testicles. You should be intimately aware of your testicles, their shape, size, weight, and texture. Sounds weird I know, but having a good idea now while you’re healthy provides you with a sort of baseline — so to speak — to gauge any changes you might sense tonight, in the morning, next week, next year, or in ten years.
The point is to do a self-exam at least once a month — or as often as you’d like. Just do it!
There are many videos online and websites that provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to check your testicles for signs of TC.
Here are a few educational videos and websites I suggest for you:
SeanKimerling.org – Be a Man, Self Exam
Livestrong.com – How to Perform a Testicular Cancer Self-exam
WebMD – What Should I Look For?
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Posted on April 23, 2012, in Health, Male Sexual Health, Protection/Safety, Scrotum, Self-Exam, Sex, Sex education, Sexual Health, Testicular, Testicular cancer, Tumors, Uncategorized and tagged American Cancer Society, Cancer, Dan Abrams, Lance Armstrong, Male Sex Cancer, National Cancer Institute, Self Examination, Symtoms, TC, Testicular cancer. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.