April is National Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

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  1. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    What most people don't know is that testicular cancer is the #1 cancer for males in the 15-40 year old range with 33-years old as the most common age of discovery, although it can occur in an infant or an old fart. While not super common, the CDC estimates that there are over 250,000 men living with the disease, and a new one is discovered every hour of every day in the USA with about 9500 new cases in the USA expected this year. If caught early, it is over 99% curable. Because there is a stigma associated with it and 'real men' (yeah, right) don't talk about it, about 5% of the people that get it waited too long, and it kills them. Don't be one of those statistics!

    In the same vein as women doing a monthly check, men should be checking themselves. There are lots of articles on how to do this, but it's easiest if you do it after a nice hot shower when things are nice and warm and loose. It only takes a couple of minutes, and could save your life. Surely, you can spare that once a month.

    About 2% of the people that get it in one testicle, get it in the other one...I'm one of those 'lucky' people. If you have a question, while I'm not a doctor, and you should see one, if you have a question, send me a PM. It's now been 30-years since my first discovery, and yes, I did discover it myself (twice). Recent research seems to indicate there are some genes that make it more common, but testing for that isn't reliable yet. It is much more common if there's history in the family, especially a brother, but if yours had it, you probably are already aware of that.
  2. WorthFlorida

    WorthFlorida The wife is still training me.

    Oct 28, 2009
    Orlando, Florida
    Thank you for sharing this Jim.
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