Testicular cancer is considered a relatively rare form of the disease. That being said, it is the most common form to occur in men aged 15 to 34. With nearly 10,000 new diagnoses occurring each year, and more than 350 deaths attributed to testicular cancer, awareness about early detection is an important aspect of men’s health. When treatment begins early, a success rate of more than 96 percent can be expected.
The first step in gaining awareness about testicular cancer is to know your risks. Some of the common precursors to this condition include:
- Abnormal testicular development.
- An undescended testicle.
- The family history of testicular cancer.
Sometimes, signs of testicular cancer are detected during a routine medical exam. Sometimes, men discover an indication of testicular cancer accidentally, noticing a sensation of achiness or pain in the testicular region. It is also possible to perform a brief self-exam to check for symptoms such as a painless lump or general testicular swelling.
Self-examination takes just a few minutes and involves both visual and manual observation. The observation of the testicles should include only one at a time. Each testicle can be gently rolled between the thumb and fingers to observe the entire surface for lumps or swelling. Be aware that each testicle has a cord-like structure that can likely be felt during palpation. Also, one testicle is usually larger than the other; this does not indicate cancer or any other medical concern.
If abnormalities are noticed during a self-examination, such as a small lump or swelling, a follow-up with your medical doctor or Plano urologist should be scheduled. The sooner, the better.
Research does not necessarily indicate that early detection and treatment of testicular cancer equates to lower death rate. The treatment protocols available today are quite successful even in later-stage cancers. However, it is important to know that testicular cancer can spread to the lymph nodes. Metastasis can complicate treatment success by forcing more aggressive surgical and medicinal therapies.
The team at Collin County Urology is familiar with the various forms of urologic cancer, including testicular cancer. For more information or to schedule your visit, call (972) 403-5425.This entry was posted in Men's Health. Bookmark the permalink.
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