What About It?
It's More Common Than We Think...
• This year, an estimated 9,310 men in the United States will be diagnosed with testicular cancer
• The common ages are 15 - 35 years old
• The average age of diagnosis is 33
• The 5-year survival rate for men with testicular cancer is 95%
The survival rate is higher for men diagnosed with early-stage cancer and lower for men with later-stage cancer.
Self-Examinations Are So Important!
1. Best to do it while in the shower or when you have just gotten out.
2. Place the index and middle fingers under the testicle with the thumbs placed on top
3. Firm but gently roll the testicle between the thumbs and fingers
While doing this look for these signs.
3. Irregular Size ( Extremely Enlarged )
If you notice any lumps or irregularities see a doctor right away. Keep in mind that not all lumps or irregularities are cancerous, however, only a doctor can make that determination.
Waiting to see if it will go away will not help you.
About Testicular Cancer.
Cancer that develops in the testicles (also called the testes) is known as testicular cancer. It can form in one or both of these male sex glands, which produce sperm and testosterone.
The scrotum, a pouch-like structure hanging below the base of the penis, holds the glands called the testicles, or testes. They are a central part of the male reproductive system. Each testis (singular) manufactures and stores sperm within a network of tubes called efferent ductules. Because the testicles also manufacture the male sex hormone, testosterone, the testes are also considered part of the endocrine system.
Reproductive bodies called germ cells develop into sperm through a process of cellular division called meiosis. Under normal circumstances, cell division is regulated. However, for unknown reasons, sometimes the germ cells begin to divide uncontrollably and, instead of producing functional sperm, the germ cells create copies of themselves. When this happens, the cells are considered cancerous. This kind of out-of-control division may happen to any type of cell in the testicle. However, nearly 95 percent of all testicular cancers develop in germ cells.