The Testicular Cancer Society officially recognizes April as Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. This April, be sure to find out about the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer, and what to do if you’re at risk.
Testicular cancer usually is diagnosed in younger and middle-aged men. It’s the most common form of cancer in men ages 20-35. Though it can be aggressive and fast-growing, testicular cancer is highly treatable, and is often able to be cured, especially when it is caught early. Perform regular self-examinations to catch any abnormalities before they become life-threatening.
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Risk factors for this disease include a family history of testicular cancer (especially in your father or brother), or abnormal testicle development (like an undescended testicle). It also tends to happen more often in white men. If you notice a lump on your testicles, a change in their appearance, pain, pressure, or sensitivity, see your doctor immediately as these are the most common symptoms early in the disease.
Even if you don’t know anyone who was diagnosed with testicular cancer personally, there’s still a lot you can do to raise awareness about the disease all throughout the month of April. For example, you can host an event to raise money for cancer research, or remind the important men in your life to regularly visit their doctors and perform self-examinations. In addition, you can buy or wear merchandise like t-shirts and wristbands that support the cause. When you wear these items out in public, it can potentially open up a dialogue about the disease to others who aren’t aware of the signs and symptoms. And don’t forget to spread the word on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Always remember that raising awareness in April and all throughout the year will help to save men’s lives.