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Just a reminder:



Once a month it's good to check your car oil, check your smoke detector batteries, and check your testicles for cancer. (Or breasts if you have them)

The Facts:

In the United States, about 8,000 to 9,000 diagnoses of testicular cancer are made each year. It is most common among males aged 15-40 years, particularly those in their mid-twenties. Let me say that again...It is most common among males aged 15-40 years, particularly those in their mid-twenties. Testicular cancer has one of the highest cure rates of all cancers: in excess of 90%; essentially 100% if it is not malignant. And if it's found.

Here's how to check for those of the testicular variety:


If yours are infact not removable like the above, it may look a little more like this:


(Though hopefully not too much like this or you may have some bigger problems then just testicular cancer.)

Here are the steps:

*Stand in front of a mirror after a warm bath or shower. Check for any swelling on the scrotal skin. (That's apparently a technical term.)

*Examine each testicle with both hands. Place the index and middle fingers under the testicle with the thumbs placed on top. Roll the testicle gently between the thumbs and fingers - you shouldn't feel any pain when doing the exam. (Don't be alarmed if one testicle seems slightly larger than the other, that's normal.)

*Find the epididymis, the soft, tubelike structure behind the testicle that collects and carries sperm. If you are familiar with this structure, you won't mistake it for a suspicious lump.


The Epididymis (ie. Not Cancer)


Cancerous lumps usually are found on the sides of the testicle but can also show up on the front. (Lumps on the epididymis are not cancerous.)

*If you find a lump (usually the size of a pea or smaller) on your testicle, or have any question, see a doctor, preferably a urologist, right away. The abnormality may not be cancer, it may just be an infection. But if it is testicular cancer, it will spread if it is not stopped by treatment. Waiting and hoping will not fix anything.
When in doubt, get it checked out - if only for peace of mind!

Other signs of testicular cancer to keep in mind are:


  • any enlargement of a testicle

  • a significant loss of size in one of the testicles

  • a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum

  • a dull ache in the lower abdomen or in the groin

  • a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum

  • pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum

  • enlargement or tenderness of the breast area


The few minutes it takes to visit a doctor to discuss testicular cancer and self-examination, and the even fewer minutes it takes to do a self-exam, could save your life.

Trust me.

Please Repost! You may be responsible for saving someone's life....




P.S. And if you're female (and somehow read through all this)- check your breasts- there is info to be found everywhere. It's a bit more difficult to come by for males.

Info and picture courtesy of :
http://www.doerings.net/en/testicular-cancer/quick-ref/self-examination.html
http://www.med-worldwide.com/testicle-self-exam.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testicular_cancer

For more info go to:
http://tcrc.acor.org/index.html
http://www.checkemlads.com
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