Oh Balls … the number one cause of cancer in young men

Over 98% of testicular cancers are cured in the UK each year but sadly 1 in 20 men will loose their battle with cancer.

Whilst the chance of a cure is high why are young men not talking about it and seeking medical advice at an earlier stage?

In the UK  2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year. Unfortunately, this rate is on the rise with twice as many men being diagnosed with testicular cancer as in the mid-70s.

Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in those aged 15-49 years old with the peak rate being in men aged 25-35 years of age.

What should my balls feel like?

There is no one hat fits all… Everyone has slightly different sizes and shaped testicles. It is perfectly normal for one to be slightly lower than the other.

Testicles should however feel smooth without any lumps or bumps. They should also be firm but not hard. It is normal to feel a swelling a bit like a tube at the back of the testicles, this is known as the epididymis.

Tips on how to check by the guys at Movember! 

 

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Published by Dr Chris George

NHS doctor working in General Practice.

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