As part of Movember, this week we look at testicular cancer.
Although testicular cancer is one of the less common cancers, it is one that most usually affects young men – between the ages of 15 and 49. Because this is not an age range that cancer usually hits, it makes it all the more important for men to be aware of the risks.
The most common symptom of testicular cancer is an unusual lump or growth on the testes. Anything that you’re not sure about, it is important to get checked out right away by your GP – it might be nothing, but better to be safe than sorry!
The good news is that testicular cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer. The bad news is this is one of the fastest increasing types of cancer being diagnosed among white males. Because of the fact that testicular cancer occurs in younger men, it can also be missed, so its important that young men do check themselves on a regular basis.
Lots of information, from diagnosis to treatment to living with testicular cancer, can be found here
You can also check out the Testicular Cancer society website, which as well as having lots of information about the disease also has stories from sufferers and survivors, and runs adventure camps (amongst other initiatives) to help cancer survivors get their lives back.