POLOKWANE – With 43,800 minutes in an ordinary month, taking just 10 of them to examine your testicles, can not only save your own life, but also your loved ones from courage.
November is the month of men's cancer and the focus is mainly on prostate cancer and testicular cancer. The most common cancers in men are prostate, colon, lung, Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS) and bladder cancer.
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According to the Cannes Association of South Africa (Cansa), testicular cancer is one of the common cancers in young men and it is therefore important for young men to start testis self-tests right after puberty.
"Men aged 15 to 49 years should examine their testicles every month, preferably after bathing or showering, to feel about any bulky pea sizes that could indicate testicular cancer," says Christopher Combrinck, a community mobilizer at Cansa Polokwane.
The exact cause of testicular cancer is unknown. There are, however, many risk factors associated with testicular cancer. Some risk factors, such as smoking, can be controlled. Others, such as the age or race of a person, can not change. However, the existence of a risk factor, or even many risk factors, means that a person will suffer the disease. There is no way to prevent testicular cancer.
Risk factors include:
• Having one (a)
• Having unusual growth of the testicles and / or other organs
• You have a personal history of testicular cancer
• You have a family history of testicular cancer
• HIV infection
• Have fertility problems
• You have a family history of breast cancer or malignant melanoma
• Smoking marijuana
• Body size
• Vasectomy – having a vein does not increase the risk of testicular cancer.
• He has a previous trauma to the testicles
• Genetic risk factors
Anyone who thinks he may be at risk for testicular cancer should discuss it with his doctor.
"If it is detected early, testicular cancer can be treated effectively. Symptoms include painless swelling or swelling in one or both of the testicles, pain or testicular gravity or pain in the lower abdomen, the back or the groin. "
How to test your testicles:
How to Testicle Self Testing:
• Performing autobiography of testicles is easy: find out what your body feels and looks like, so that any changes or anything that is strange can be detected early.
• First, decide a regular time once a month to do your self-assessment.
• Examine your testicles immediately after a hot bath or shower.
• Stand in front of a mirror and seek swelling.
• Support your testicles with one hand and feel each with your other hand.
• Pull the testicles between the thumb and the fingers, feel for bullets – it is normal to feel a soft chord like a structure at the top and
behind each testicle, the pellets can be as small as a rice grain and are usually quite stable as hard rubber.
• Also check for areas that feel tender.
• Consult your doctor if any anomalies are detected.