Avoiding Testicular Cancer: Tips for the Men in Your Life

sperm, eggAfter I read a not-so-politically correct article on Jezebel about famous men with only one ball (yikes), I wondered about the serious dangers of testicular cancer. My DH currently has both of his boys, and I would like to make sure he keeps them healthy.


Testicular cancer is a serious issue. It most commonly affects men in my DH's age range: 15-35. A man's risk of getting this disease is roughly 1 in 250. But the good news is that if it's detected early, there's a 90 to 100 percent chance that testicular cancer can be cured.

The Testicular Cancer Resource Center recommends that men do a self-exam every month. Here's what they should be looking for:

  • Check for swelling in the scrotal skin.
  • Examine each testicle with both hands. With the index and middle fingers under the testicle and the thumbs on top, gently roll the testicle.
  • Find the epididymis, the soft, tube-like structure behind the testicle that collects and carries sperm. It's good to know what this is, and know that it's not a lump.
  • If you find a lump on your testicle, see a doctor or urologist right away. You may not have cancer, you could just have an infection. But it's better safe than sorry.

And here are other signs of testicular cancer to watch out for:

  • Enlargement of a testicle
  • A significant decrease in size of one testicle
  • A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
  • A dull ache in the lower abdomen or in the groin
  • A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
  • Pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
  • Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts

If someone you love has dealt with this or any other kind of cancer, check the group Cancer Survivors, Fighters & Supporters.

And one of those famous men with one testicle is Tom Green. I admit, I watched his documentary, The Tom Green Cancer Special, about his battle--and recovery--from this disease several years ago.

What do you think about celebs going public with their serious illnesses?

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