This Mornings advice – Love island’s Chris Huges
Testicular Cancer are you checking your balls regularly? Testicle cancer affects men between the ages of 15 and 49 years of age. If anything feels different, get an appointment to see your GP.
Here are some tips on checking you’re balls below:
The best time to check is after a shower as the scrotum is relaxed. Monthly checking of your balls could save you your life.
Look and feel for any hard lumps, and any change in the size, shape, or consistency of the testicles.
Repeat with your other testicle:
It is normal to be worried about going to the doctors but there is nothing to be embarrassed about, doctors are trained in dealing with this.
Getting checked the minute, you find something different can make all the difference.
Warning signs below of Testicular Cancer:
Feeling a dull ache in the abdomen or groin
A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
Discovering a lump or enlargement in either testicle
It is not clear what causes testicle cancer in most cases. Doctors know that testicle cancers occur when healthy cells in a testicle become altered. Healthy cells grow and divide an orderly way to keep your body functioning normally. There are two main types of cell tumours:
Seminomas are testicle cancers that grow slowly. They’re usually confined to your testes, but your lymph nodes may also be involved.
Noseminomas are the more common form of testicular cancer. This type is faster growing and may spread to other parts of your body.
Testicular cancer can also occur in tissues that produce hormones. These tumours are called gonadal stroll tumours.
Factors that may increase your risk for testicular cancer include:
If there is a family history of the disease
Having an undescended testicle, which is called cryptorchidism
Early Diagnosis is vital:
Just remember, early diagnosis is vital for the successful treatment of many diseases. When it comes to cancer, early detection seems especially urgent.
If you are sent for more tests at the hospital, you need to expect that you will have a testicular ultrasounds test and it uses sound waves to create an image of the scrotum and ultrasound also tells your doctor whether lumps are inside or outside of the testicle.
Your doctor may order tests to determine the levels of tumour markers in your blood. The key is you have to examine yourself to know what your testicles feel like so you can better detect any changes.