In November 2018, I came across a men’s health study from The Urology Foundation (TUF), a UK-based charity that “leads the fight against urology disease.” While this study focused exclusively on British men, it was still eye opening. I reached out to them to get some more insights and to ask permission for me to repost their findings… and of course, I had to add my own flair to it. Over the month of February, we’ll delve deep into what they found about British men’s understanding of testicular and prostate cancers.
What do British men know about testicular cancer?
- More than half of British adults do not know the age range when men are most likely to get testicular cancer
- Half of British men have not checked their testicles for lumps in the last year
Each time I read different studies and see numbers like this—I think two things. First, I realize just how important and needed my mission of spreading testicular cancer awareness truly is in this world. Second, I get fired up that someone dropped the ball on sharing such important information with men. If you don’t know to know to do these things, you aren’t going to do them. How can you know what you don’t know—you know? It’s up to doctors and patient advocates to band together to share this information widely.
For those men who didn’t know this information, 15-44 is the “high risk” age range, with over 50% of cases occurring in this age band. In the past year, you should have performed a self-exam once a month, for a total of twelve. If you’re not sure how, allow me to tell you (or click here if you’re more of a visual learner):
Best done during or after a shower when the scrotum is relaxed, a self exam is a quick and effective way to catch testicular cancer early on. Just place your index and middle fingers under the testicle with your thumb on top. Firmly but gently, roll the testicle between your fingers. Any weird lumps or bumps should be checked out by a doctor ASAP. When you get out of the shower, be sure to look for signs of changes in shape, color, or swelling.
What about you, the reader? Did these statistics surprise you? Did you know the age range that testicular cancer is most common? Have you checked your testicles recently? There’s no time like the present!