Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Testicular cancer awareness Social DBS 2023

Testicular cancer forms in the testicles. Almost all testicular cancers start in the germ cells. The two main types of testicular germ cell tumors are seminomas and nonseminomas.

Seminoma typically occurs in men in their late teens to early 30s. Seminoma testicular cancer grows and spreads slowly and is responsive to radiation treatment. Nonseminoma typically occurs in men aged 25 to 45 and typically grows and spreads more rapidly. Both types of testicular cancer are highly treatable and curable.

A testicular self-exam is an effective way to notice any lumps, nodules or changes to your testicles. A clinical testicular exam should be performed by the primary care physician during annual wellness check. It is normal for there to be asymmetry in testicles; regular self-exams will help in becoming familiar with your own anatomy and better able to recognize changes as they occur.

According to the American Cancer Society some men with testicular cancer have no symptoms,

while others may have symptoms such as:

• A lump or swelling in the testicle
• Breast growth and/or soreness

Advanced symptoms may include:

• Low back pain
• Chest pain and/or shortness of breath
• Belly pain
• Headache/confusion

Early detection saves Lives!