Testicular cancer accounts for 1.2% of all cancers in males, and according to the American Cancer Society, about one in every 263 men will develop the illness at some point during their life. Did you know that 33 years old is the average age of diagnosis? Out of the 8,850 new cases of testicular cancer that are predicted for 2017, seven percent will affect adolescents; elderly patients contribute to another seven percent. Thus, the majority of people affected by testicular cancer include young to middle-aged men.
Approximately 410 of those annual new cases will result in fatalities. Luckily, testicular cancer is curable if detected at an earlier stage. The best time to do a self-exam for testicular cancer is after a warm shower or bath. Gently roll each testicle between your fingers and thumbs of both hands. You should complete the simple test once a month to feel for lumps and other differences. Early detection is the first step to successful recovery.
1. Painless Lump in the Testicle
The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump in one or both testicles. It may start out as a small painless pea-sized spot. As the cancer cells develop and spread, the lump may change and grow, too. If you notice an unusual growth, make sure you visit your physician immediately to receive a proper medical examination and diagnosis.