When is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month?
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month is an essential part of raising awareness and making an impact on the future of testicular cancer research, preventions and treatments. So when is testicular cancer awareness month celebrated? April is National Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, and it offers the opportunity to spotlight important facts to help people understand the symptoms and get the necessary screenings.
What is National Testicular Cancer Awareness Month’s Focus?
The focus of Testicular Cancer Awareness Month is improving public understanding of this disease and increasing the number of men that do self-exams and get regular screenings. As with other cancers, early detection improves the chances of effective treatment and survival. If National Testicular Cancer Awareness Month can improve general awareness of this disease and how to prevent it, it can increase the number of people who catch the disease early.
Facts About Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer isn’t common and can usually be treated successfully if it is detected in time. Here are some facts about testicular cancer that may help improve your chances of early detection.
Testicular Cancer Statistics
- About 9,000 cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year
- In the United States, it’s estimated that 9,560 new cases will be diagnosed in 2019
- It’s estimated that about 410 people will die in 2019 from testicular cancer
- About 1 in 250 males will develop testicular cancer in their lifetime
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 35
- The average age when diagnosed with testicular cancer is 33
- Approximately 6% of cases occur in children and teens
- Approximately 8% of cases occur in men over the age of 55
There are certain risk factors that can increase your likelihood of developing testicular cancer. If you know you’re at a higher risk, be extra vigilant about self-exams and regular screening.
Risk Factors for Testicular Cancer
- Having had undescended testicles at birth, or any other abnormal development of the testes, penis or kidneys
- Having an extra X chromosome (Klinefelter Syndrome)
- Having a family history of testicular cancer
- Having a history of cancer in one testicle
- Having an inguinal hernia, wherein tissue in the lower abdomen bulges through a hole or weak spot in the abdominal muscles
- Being infected with HIV
- Being white
Early detection is key to improving your chances of eradicating your testicular cancer. Here’s how to reduce your risk of developing testicular cancer in the first place and how to improve your chances of catching it as early as possible.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Testicular Cancer
- If you or your child have an undescended testicle at birth, talk to your doctor about correcting it before puberty
- Make sure your doctor performs routine testicular exams during any physical exam
- Do monthly self-exams of your testicles
- Discuss your self-exams with your doctor so they know what’s normal for you and discuss any changes you or your doctor notice
- Make sure you’re familiar with the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer
One of the main goals of National Testicular Cancer Awareness Month is raising awareness for testicular cancer risks, symptoms and prevention to improve the chances of curing testicular cancer. Being aware of these symptoms helps you identify issues in your own body when you perform your monthly self-exams.
Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
- Pain or discomfort in the testicle or scrotum
- Painless lumps, swelling or enlargement in the testicles
- Changes in how your testicles normally feel
- Dull aching in the back, groin or lower abdomen
- Sudden buildup of fluid in the scrotum
- Feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
- Enlarged or tender breast tissue
- Loss of sex drive
If you experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor for a full exam. They’ll likely get your full medical history and administer a physical exam, including checking your abdomen for enlarged lymph nodes and administering blood or imaging tests (including CT, ultrasound, MRI, PET scan or X-ray).
Treatment for Testicular Cancer
If tests show a high likelihood of testicular cancer, your doctor will likely recommend either chemotherapy, radiation or surgical removal of the cancerous testicle, or a combination of these treatments. Thankfully, testicular cancer is usually curable.
When is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month?
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