96% of men with testicular cancer are surviving

96% of men with testicular cancer are surviving

Testicular cancer is nearly cured, as rates indicate that 96% of men who have it, survive. 

Figures compiled by Cancer Research UK show that 96% are successfully treated for testicular cancer. 

This compares greatly to the 1970s, when only 70% of men would survive. 

Experts said that changes in treatments offered as well as a growing awareness of testicular cancer could explain the improved survival figures.

Around 2,300 people are diagnosed with the cancer each year. 

Dr Simon Chowdhury, Consultant Medical Oncologist at London Bridge Hospital (www.londonbridgehospital.com), shares his advice for self examination. 

“Men should check their testicles at least once a month after a warm bath or shower, as the heat causes the scrotum to relax making it easier to find anything unusual. The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump or swelling in one testicle and although it is important to remember that most testicular lumps are not cancer, if you do find something unusual you should consult your GP."

When carrying out self-examination Dr Chowdhury suggests the following four steps:

Hold both testicles in the palm of your hand to compare for equal heaviness. (Note: It is quite normal for one testicle to be larger or hang down lower than the other)

Using the thumb and forefinger, roll each testicle to check for any small, hard lumps or slight enlargement or firmness of the testicle.

If you feel comfortable, perhaps ask your partner to check your testicles, as they may be more likely to identify a problem in the future and encourage you to do something about it. 

If you find a lump or something that seems out of the ordinary for you, make an appointment to consult your GP.


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