Testicular Cancer Info: Symptoms, Risk Factors, Myths & Facts

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A common stereotype of manhood is the resistance to professional assistance. This includes stopping to ask for directions. Hiring someone to fix the kitchen sink. And most dangerous of all, the "no need" attitude towards visits to the doctor.

This is why the BTB Foundation has partnered with the Testicular Cancer Society to help spread awareness about the risks and symptoms of testicular cancer. Even with one of the highest survival rates among cancerous diseases, an astonishing 390 men die annually from this illness. One of the biggest contributors to this statistic is the lack of education.

When men know the risks and get to their doctor when symptoms surface, there is a 96% survival rate. For all those men who have been taken by this disease, share the following information about testicular cancer with every man you know. It's time to save a life.

Who Gets It

Testicular cancer develops mostly in men in the 15-35 age bracket.

David Finklang, 27, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in September 2010. He experienced persistent chest pain which lead him to visit the doctor. Ten days later the exams showed that he had cancer. Listen to his story:

Frequency of the Disease

Testicular cancer is most common in the white and hispanic race.

  • White: 6 in 100,000 people
  • African American: 1 in 100,000 people
  • Pacific Islander: 2 in 100,000 people
  • Hispanic: 4 in 100,000 people

Survival Rates

  • 99% if cancer is limited to the testes (Localized)
  • 96% if cancer has spread to nearby lymphnodes (Regionalized)
  • 72% if cancer has metastasized and spread to distant organs (Distant)
  • 85% if cancer is at unknown stage (Unstaged cancer)

390 men die annually from testicular cancer. That’s more than 1 death per day!

Occupations that Increase Risk

The following occupations pose an increased hazard for the development of testicular cancer.

Miners, Food Processing Workers, Utility Workers, Leather Workers

Risk Factors

  • Marijuana use makes you 70% more likely to develop testicular cancer. Marijuana may also be linked to an aggressive testicular cancer that grows very quickly.
     
  • Family History. Having a brother or a father who had Testicular Cancer (TC) increases your risk.

The Symptoms

Consult a physician if you notice one or more of the following symptoms for 12 or more days.

  1. A lump appeared on a testicle
  2. Dull ache or sharp pain in testicle or scrotum
  3. A testicle got bigger
  4. The scrotum feels heavy
  5. Collection of fluid in the scrotum

Myth versus Fact

 

Myth #1: Riding a bike frequently causes testicular cancer

Fact: Cycling can cause a swollen prostate but have no link to the testicular cancer

 

 

Myth #2: Testicular Cancer means no more sexual desire or sex life.

Fact: Only 2-3% of patients have tumors in both testis. The 97-98% left with 1 testicle will still have sex drive and a normal sex life.

 

 

 

Myth #3: Only old men are at risk to get testicular cancer

Fact: The Majority of testicular cancer patients are between 15-35

 

 

 

Myth #4. Big balls make you more prone to the disease

Fact: There is no evidence to suggest size is a factor for risk

 

 

For more testicular cancer myths click here.

More Sources

http://facstaff.unca.edu/cnicolay/BIO108/HO-Testicular%20Cancer.pdf
http://urology.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=157

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