This Movember Week Let’s Learn About Testicular Cancer!
It’s Movember, Happy Movember to all the men out there. This month we will talk about the common health issues among men. Last week we talked about Prostate Cancer, this week we are going to tell you all about Testicular Cancer!
Testicular cancer is a cancer of the testicles; a male reproductive organ where male hormones and sperm are made. The testicles are located in the scrotum; a loose bag of skin underneath the penis. This cancer is more common among the American & European men and is uncommon in the Asian and African men. Testicular cancer is one of the rarer, accounting for only about 1% of all male cancers. Among young men aged 25 to 35 years testicular cancer is the most common! However Testicular cancer has a low death rate as this cancer can usually be treated successfully.
The cancer may present with one or more of the following symptoms:
- Lump in either testicle which may or may not be painful
- Feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
- Sharp or dull pain in the lower abdomen or scrotum
- Enlargement of breast from the hormonal effects
- Lower back pain due to the spreading of cancer to the lymph nodes along the back
If at all, testicular cancer can spread to lungs, the following symptoms may be present:
- Shortness of breath, coughing up of blood
- A lump in the neck from spread to the lymph nodes
A Physical Examination along with Ultrasound & Blood Tests are used to diagnose Testicular Cancer.
Early detection is recommend to maintain fertility, therefore we urge all men to go for screening, to help detect the cancer.