April spotlights Testicular Cancer Awareness

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testicular cancerWhat is Testicular Cancer?

Testicular cancer develops in one or both of the testicles and can spread to other parts of the body. It occurs when germ cells experience abnormal growth. Testicular cancer spreads most often to the abdomen, liver, lungs, bones, and brain if not detected early.

Who can it affect?

Testicular cancer can affect any male from infancy to elderly. There are an estimated 8,500 new cases diagnosed each year according to the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.

What are some of the signs & symptoms?

  • A lump of any size on the testicle
  • Enlargement of the testicle, change in shape, size or any irregularities
  • Pain or discomfort in the scrotum or testicle
  • A dull ache or sense of pressure in the lower abdomen or back
  • Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts due to elevated hormone levels

It is recommended that monthly self-exams be performed for early detection of testicular cancer. Your focus should be noticing any changes from the previous month. Remember, this cancer can spread very quickly and if detected early it can be one of the most curable cancers.

Source: Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation