Testicular Self Examination and Testicular Cancer

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Because of champion cyclist Lance Armstrong's activism, many men and women are more informed about testicular cancer than they used to be.

Because of champion cyclist Lance Armstrong‘s activism, many men and women are more informed about testicular cancer than they used to be. However, ongoing and education remain important, particularly given that most cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed among younger men.

Specifically, most men are diagnosed with testicular cancer when they are between the ages of 20 and 54, according to the American Cancer Society.

Many Affected Don’t Even Know It

Many men who have testicular cancer don’t even know it – in fact, the cancer can spread to other body parts and a man may still feel healthy and unaware that he has cancer.

As such, many healthcare providers recommend that men perform regular testicular self-examination so that they can become familiar with what feels “normal” for their testicles and, should any changes (such as lumps) develop, they can hopefully notice the changes and report them to a healthcare provider for further examination and possibly testing.

Testicular Self-Examination

To learn detailed information about testicular self-examination as well as testicular cancer, please visit the American Cancer Society’s web site. You can also watch a video about how to perform a testicular self-examination on FamilyGP.com.

To learn more about Lance Armstrong’s story or the Livestrong Foundation that he created for cancer awareness, education and research, visit the Livestrong web site.

Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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