Watch for signs of testicular cancer
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment the No. 1 cause of death in 2012 in Pueblo County and in Colorado is cancer. The Mayo Clinic notes cancer of the testicles is rare; however it is the most common cancer in the United States for males 15 to 34 years of age. Testicular cancer can affect males of any age — infants to elderly men. The Colorado Central Registry reported in 2009, six males were diagnosed with cancer of the testicles and Colorado reported 153 males diagnosed with testicular cancer. The American Cancer Association estimated in 2013 about 7,920 new cases of testicular cancer would be diagnosed. Signs and symptoms of cancer of the testicles include:
A lump or enlargement in either testicle A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.
A dull ache in the abdomen or groin.
A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum Pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum.
These signs and symptoms may also occur with non-cancerous conditions such as trauma or inflammation/infection, if symptoms occur, have it checked out by your health care provider. Some individuals may have no symptoms at all and cancer is discovered on an annual physical exam or during testing for some other condition. The American Cancer Society reports testicular cancer usually can be treated successfully. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of methods. As in most diseases, early diagnosis and treatment increase the likelihood of a good outcome. Currently there is no way to prevent testicular cancer. There is some disagreement on the benefit of monthly testicular self-exam to identify cancer at its earliest stage; your medical care provider can give you guidance on this issue. Additional information on testicular cancer can be obtained from: www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions or www.americancancersociety.org.