Now listen up gents. We're going to discuss something which statistics show you are slow to detect. A something which is becoming more common and yet can be effectively treated if caught at an early stage.
The something is testicular cancer.
No – don't click to another page – this is a serious matter. Consider these facts:
1. In young men in the UK testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer: it occurs chiefly in the 20 – 40 age group.
2. In the last 20 – 25 years the incidence of testicular cancer has more than doubled.
3. Testicular cancer is one of the most curable cancers – IF caught at an early stage. 90% of sufferers will make a complete recovery.
4. Regular self-checks will enable you to detect the disease early enough.
5. Sadly, only 3% of men between 20 and 40 years old regularly check their testicles.
6. Sadder still is the fact that that over 50% of sufferers fail to consult their doctor before the cancer has spread from its initial site, thus reducing the chances of cure.
So, the bottom line has got to be: forget the embarrassment and carry out a regular self-examination at least once a month (the best time is after a shower or bath – a time when the muscle of the scrotum is relaxed and it is easier to feel the testicles). A regular check could be a real lifesaver.
For a full explanation of self-examination and what to look out for go to Information on Testicular Cancer
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Dr. Sims is the Medical Director of FitStop, the UK's foremost group of health and fitness centers, and an expert on matters relating to fitness of body and mind. Having trained as a GP, he now works full-time in health promotion and has written extensively on the subject, including a monthly medical column in Mensa magazine with the TV psychiatrist, Dr Raj Persaud. Dr. Sims was the original Virgin.Net online doctor.
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