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Staying Healthy: Protect Yourself Against Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer awareness month is observed in April to help raise awareness about the symptoms, risk factors, and preventive measures of this disease that affects the testicles. Testicular cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in young men aged 15-45 years. Although it can be a serious condition, early detection and treatment can increase the chances of survival.

The most common symptoms of testicular cancer are a lump or swelling in the testicles, a feeling of heaviness or discomfort in the scrotum, and pain in the testicles or scrotum. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor immediately.

Several risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing testicular cancer, including undescended testicles, family history of the disease, and HIV infection. However, there is no clear cause of testicular cancer, and it can occur in any male.

To reduce the risk of testicular cancer, it’s recommended to perform a self-exam once a month, starting in adolescence. This will help you become familiar with the normal size, shape, and weight of your testicles. You can perform the exam while taking a shower or bath and gently roll each testicle between your fingers to feel for any lumps or changes.

Testicular cancer awareness month reminds us of the importance of staying healthy and taking care of our bodies. By being aware of the symptoms and risk factors of this disease, and by performing self-exams regularly, we can protect ourselves against testicular cancer.

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