Men’s health series: Let’s tackle testicular cancer
Did you know that around 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year? That’s around 6 per day! Which is why, we’re encouraging you to check your balls! And not just throughout November, but every-single-month.
Testicular cancer is most common in males between the ages of 15-49. But if you are reading this and are over the age of 49, it doesn’t mean that you’re out of the woods.
It’s important to get to know your testicles and how they usually feel. If you notice any changes, such as a change in shape, swelling or enlargements, pain or discomfort and of course, an unusual lump or bump, go check it out with your GP.
Take a quick look at this handy guide:
Image reference: uk.movember.com
Don’t shy away from visiting your GP
It’s important not to delay visiting your GP if you’ve discovered any abnormalities in your testicles. We understand that the thought of someone copping a feel of your testicles can be a bit uncomfortable, but trust us when we say, it’s our day job and it could really save your life. Testicular cancer is highly treatable and often curable as long as it is diagnosed and treated early.
Survival for testicular cancer is very high and nearly all men diagnosed, survive their disease.
In Wales and England, 98% of men survive for 5 years or more after being diagnosed with testicular cancer and around 90% of men will survive their cancer 10 years or more after their diagnoses.
Advanced testicular cancer can also be cured by:
- An Orchiectomy (Removal of the affected testis)
- Chemotherapy or radiotherapy, which usually given after surgery, to treat any remaining cancer cells that may have spread to other areas of the body.
How the HPV vaccine can prevent cancer in males too
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is no longer just for girls but is now available for boys too. Available to children aged 12-13, the, the HPV vaccine protects against HPV, a group of 950 viruses that can lead to cancers of the genitals, mouth and throat, in both men and women. To find out more about the vaccine, visit the NHS website.
Spread the word
It’s not only important to check yourself, but it’s equally as important to encourage your loved ones and your mates to check themselves too. Checking yourself doesn’t take long, but it’s about remembering to do so and knowing how to check properly, so screenshot the image guide above, and go share it in your WhatsApp group. You could end up saving someone’s life.
Now, what are you waiting for? Go and check your balls!