|The Office of the Healthcare Advocate recently shared some helpful health information for men.
April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and Healthcare Advocate, Ted Doolittle says testicular cancer is not discussed nearly enough, especially when one in 250 males will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetimes. In fact, 9,560 in the U.S. will be diagnosed this year.
One of the biggest risks of the disease is that it mostly strikes adolescent boys and young men, who unfortunately are the least likely to report the relatively minor early symptoms of testicular cancer to a parent or healthcare provider, as they should.
Early detection is key. According to The Testicular Cancer Foundation, the best way for boys and men to be proactive is to do a monthly self-exam of their testicles to check for lumps, hardness, or swelling. If you have a boy or young man in your life, advise them to learn what normal feels like, check themselves in the shower from time to time, and immediately ask a parent or caregiver for advice if something changes.