Sat, October 2, 2004
Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer among men between the ages of 15 to 35, but the key to survival is early detection. Just as women are encouraged to give themselves regular breast examinations, men are encouraged to perform testicular self-exams monthly from age 15.
Testicular cancer is most common among white men and those with a family history of the disease. Men with undescended testicles are also at a higher risk.
The common symptoms of the disease include a lump in the testicle and enlargement of a testicle. Less common symptoms include pain or discomfort in the scrotum or a dull pain in the abdomen.
Several celebrities have overcome the disease.
American cyclist Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996, which spread to his lungs and brain. Armstrong recovered and went on to win six straight Tour de France races.
Ottawa comedian Tom Green was diagnosed with the disease in 2000. He aired a one-hour MTV special that followed him as he underwent treatment and surgery to raise awareness.
For more information on how to perform a testicular self-examination, visit the Canadian Cancer Society at www.cancer.ca.