In honor of Men’s Health Week we wanted to discuss a topic that is quite common but not many knowing the details surrounding it: Testicular Cancer. It is the most common cancer amongst men in ages that vary between 15-35 years.
Testicular cancer starts within the testicles and if not treated on time or effectively it can spread around the body. Many are unaware that there are two forms of testicular cancer; Seminomas (common in men ages 30-40) and the most common Nonseminomas. There isn’t a direct link to any one cause of testicular cancer but there are some cases that make a male more susceptible to having it. They are:
- abnormal testicle development
- familial history of testicular cancer
- undescended testicles
- and/or Klinefelter’s Syndrome (condition in which human males have an extra X chromosome).
So how do you know if you are at risk or possibly have testicular cancer? They aren’t really any real textbook symptoms but here are a few that can help you identify when you may want to see a medical provider:
- discomfort or pain in one testicle
- lump or swelling in either testicle
- lower abdomen and back pain
- and/or a sudden change in the feel of either testicle.
Even though Nonseminomas cancer is the most common form of testicular cancer experienced within young men it also is the most treatable and curable. So if you experience any symptoms or feel something different with your testes, go get tested. Be proactive about your health. It can only help you.
If found that you do have testicular cancer, the treatment is based on diagnosis and can be different from case to case . So guys, here’s the bottom line. Be aware of your body and if any uncertainties arise get checked out. So get to know yourself in a different way. It’s pretty simple. You only have one body, so take care of it!