Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month - the call to action is for men to ‘check your balls’.
Although a relatively rare condition affecting younger men between 20 and 40, it is the second most common form of cancer in men in this age range.
Generally, any hard or unusual lump in the balls should be treated as suspicious. It may or may not be painful, so any swelling or anything unusual, seek some medical assistance as soon as possible.
The best place to check your balls is in a warm shower when the scrotum is relaxed. Become familiar with the feel and size by gently rolling them one at a time, between your thumb and fingers and feel for any lumps or swellings.
Make a habit of checking your balls monthly.
You may be more at risk if you:
- Had undescended testicles as a child
- Had previous testicular cancer
- Some previous fertility concerns
- Close family history of testicular cancer (rare)
- Have Down Syndrome
If in doubt, check it out - without delay.
For more information, visit: www.andrologyaustralia.org