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20 FACTS ABOUT TESTICULAR CANCER
1 The earlier testicular cancer is diagnosed the better the chance of cure.
2 It is important to get to know your testicles and what they feel like.
3 A testicular cancer lump is not usually sore.
4Testicular cancer lumps usually feel hard and craggy.
5 Testicular cancer is the commonest cancer amongst males aged between 15 and 45.
6 The earlier testicular cancer is diagnosed the better the chance of cure.
7 All males over 15 should check their testicles once a month.
8 Don't ever be embarrassed to check your testicles.
9 Although testicular cancer is commoner in younger men it can occur, rarely, over age 45.
10 95 % of testicular cancers are curable.
11 Collection and storage of sperm prior to treatment allows for future fertility.
12 It is quite normal for one testicle to be bigger than the other.
13 Chemotherapy is a very successful treatment of testicular cancer.
14 If a testicle has to be removed a prosthetic one can be inserted in its place.
15 A lump in the scrotum does not automatically mean testicular cancer, there are several other causes of testicular swelling.
16 If you find a lump in your testicle contact your GP straight away.
17 A painful testicle is usually due to another cause than testicular cancer, but still needs checked by your doctor.
18 A very acute severe pain in the testicle needs an emergency referral to hospital because it could be a twisted testicle.
19 Over 90 % of testicular swellings are caused by other conditions such as a hyrdocele or epididymitis.
20 As testicular cancer is around 95 % curable early diagnosis and regular checking is important.
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