Testicular Cancer 

#TalkingBollocks

Signs & Symptoms of Testicular Cancer

LUMP

HARDNESS

SWELLING

PAIN

HEAVINESS

 visiting your doctor 

If you have any of the symptoms of testicular cancer, or have discovered anything not normal for you – then you must visit a medical professional.

Don’t let embarrassment kill you, don’t be afraid to talk bollocks.

 KEY RISK FACTORS 

  • Family history – if your brother or father had testicular cancer you are 4-8 times more likely to develop it

  • Previous testicular cancer – if you have previously been diagnosed with testicular cancer you are 12-18 times more likely to develop cancer in the remaining testicle (it’s important to attend follow-up appointments)

  • Undescended testicles (cryptorchidism) – the risk is greater in men where the condition isn’t corrected, or who haven’t had the surgery by age 11-13

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How to check your balls

The best time to check your balls is during, or just after, a hot bath or shower. This is when the balls are relaxed, making it much easier to check!

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Check one testicle at a time using both hands (after a hot bath or shower)

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Firmly but gently roll your testicle between your thumb and fingers (don’t squeeze too hard!)

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Get to know your Epididymis (your sperm cord – which can be rather tender)

Feel for the signs & symptoms of testicular cancer – or anything not normal for you (it’s normal for one to be bigger)

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 REPEAT ONCE A MONTH

98% curable

Testicular cancer is 98% curable if detected early – meaning men surviving 10 years or more

2,400 men

Are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year in the UK – that’s more than 6 per day

On the rise

Incidence rates have increased by more than a quarter since the early 1990's

common

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15-45 - with the highest rates in men ages 30-34

MYTHS BUSTED

Myth #1: Testicular cancer only affects older men


Most cancers primarily affect older patients, but this isn’t true for testicular cancer. The most common age of diagnosis is between 15-45, so it’s important to start checking yourself regularly from puberty.




Myth #2: Injuring your balls increases your risk


We certainly don’t recommend it – and suggest you actively avoid doing it – but there’s no evidence that trauma leads to testicular cancer. Neither do creams, riding a bike, keeping your phone in your pocket or masturbation. Phew.




Myth #3: Prostate checks can detect testicular cancer


It’s important to get your prostate checked, especially for men aged over 50 – but remember that this is only checking for issues with your prostate, not your testicles. It’s important you check your balls regularly at all ages.




Myth #4: You can’t have kids after cancer


For the majority of men, you can have normal fertility with one testicle and a patients sperm count usually returns to it’s baseline normal post- treatment. However, chemotherapy can increase your risk of infertility – so depending on your treatment, your medical team may discuss the option of banking sperm. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure.




Myth #5: Lumps always mean cancer


Any changes in your balls or scrotum can be very worrying – this is why it’s important to act quickly and visit your doctor. The most common cause of lumps on the testicle are cysts – which will be easily diagnosed with an ultrasound and will usually go away with medication.




Myth #6: Doctors don’t want to check patients’ balls


Doctors are trained medical professionals who have dedicated their life to helping others – there is no reason to be embarrassed when visiting them about any part of your body – including your balls.





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