Testicular Cancer Awareness
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15-40. The number of men diagnosed with testicular cancer has more than doubled in the last 40 years. Testicular cancer can occur at any age, but it occurs most often in young and middle-aged men.
When caught early, the survival rate for testicular cancer is 99%. Take 3 min. to learn how to do a testicular self-exam. Monthly self-exams allow you to notice changes and get help if you do. It could save your life.
Men should take note of the size, shape, and weight of their testicles. If you notice that they feel swollen and heavy or discover a lump, it’s time to see a doctor.
See a doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Hard lumps
- Smooth or rounded bumps
- Changes in size or consistency
- Pain or dull soreness
Hear from Survivors
Thirteen-year old Matthew Benestad noticed a pain that would come and go. Basketball had just started, and he thought the pain might be related. But it felt different, and he spoke up to his parents about it. After an appointment with his doctor, and a CT scan, Matthew was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Asa learned 3 Steps Detect at his high school, and when he started experiencing health changes, he knew when and how to act. His cancer was detected early, and he beat it.
During his freshman year in college, Jack noticed new pain and discomfort. He informed his parents, went to the doctor, and was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 19. Because Jack listened to his body and acted, the cancer was caught early.
Alex Lizotte was a student at the US Naval Academy when was diagnosed with testicular cancer. A collegiate athlete, Alex was young, fit and didn’t think cancer could happen to him. When he developed a hard lump on his testicle, he was quick to share with his family and seek medical care. His cancer was caught early and now, he is married, has two children and is 10 years cancer-free.
As a baseball player at Boston College, Evan Moore was used to a rigorous and tiring schedule. But when he started to experience extreme fatigue and had to drop classes, he knew he needed to see a doctor. Evan spoke to his parents, advocated for himself with his doctors when new symptoms developed, and caught his testicular cancer early. He’s now back playing with the BC Eagles and cancer-free.
When Fernando Olivarez noticed that his testical was swollen, he was nervous and embarrassed to see a doctor. He pushed through his fear and made an appointment. Tests confirmed that he had testicular cancer. After surgery, Fernando still wasn’t feeling himself and convinced his doctors to do a follow-up scan. They found that he had cancer in his lymph nodes. Knowing his body and self-advocacy saved Fernando’s life.
Firefighter Kyle O’Neill’s life was extremely stressful both personally and professionally. He found himself tired all the time but chalked it up to his hectic lifestyle. One day, he noticed an abnormal growth in his testicle. Seeking advice from a trusted friend, he headed to the ER to be checked out. After a battery of tests, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer that spread to his lymph nodes. His advice to others: If something doesn’t feel right, get it checked out. Don’t wait!
Rob’s body was sending him signals. He had a lump on his testicle and severe back pain that he dismissed as an old football injury. Embarrassed about his symptoms, Rob put off seeing a doctor. When he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, it had spread and required extensive treatment.
What Firefighters Need to Know
Firefighters have a 2.02 times greater risk of developing testicular cancer and can learn how to improve their outcomes with 3 Steps Detect, a free Online Learning for Firefighters. Learn how to do self-exams and seize the power of early detection. It could save your life.