Signs & Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
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.
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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
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!
Check one testicle at a time using both hands (after a hot bath or shower)
Firmly but gently roll your testicle between your thumb and fingers (don’t squeeze too hard!)
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)
REPEAT ONCE A MONTH
Testicular cancer is 98% curable if detected early – meaning men surviving 10 years or more
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
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15-45 - with the highest rates in men ages 30-34
Myth #1: Testicular cancer only affects older men
Myth #2: Injuring your balls increases your risk
Myth #3: Prostate checks can detect testicular cancer
Myth #4: You can’t have kids after cancer
Myth #5: Lumps always mean cancer
Myth #6: Doctors don’t want to check patients’ balls
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Visiting your DR
If you’re concerned about cancer you must visit your doctor – here’s what you need to know.