In females, this occurrence is known as menopause. The male counterpart to this is known as Andropause.
Like most types of cancers, testicular cancer occurs when cells begin to multiply faster than normal, ultimately leading to the formation of either a tumor or a lump. While we are not quite certain what triggers body cells to behave in such a manner, they are confident testicular cancer occurs when something triggers changes to the DNA of your testicular cells.
On most occasions, testicular cancer will spread to vital parts such as the lungs, liver as well as lymph nodes.
You are at higher risk of testicular cancer if you;
If identified early enough, the likelihood of successful treatment can be incredibly high.
Note: You can still develop testicular cancer even if you do not have any known risk factors. Testicular cancer can potentially emanate from stromal or connective tissues – while stromal tissues are generally noncancerous or benign, they can sometimes become malignant.
Your doctor will conduct physical exams specifically in your testicular area. If a lump or some abnormalities are identified, your doctor will recommend an ultrasound of your testes to establish the exact size of the testicular tumor.
Your doctor may also conduct blood tests for tumor markers. Lastly, a CT scan (Computed Tomography) of the chest, brain, pelvis as well as abdomen will be taken. This test is very important as it verifies whether testicular cancer has spread to other parts of your body.
If identified early enough, testicular cancer can successfully be treated. It is highly sensitive to chemotherapy even if it has spread to other parts of the body. However, testicular cancer survivors have a 2% risk of developing the same cancer in the other testicle.
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent testicular cancer – this is why routine testicular self-exams are important. While doing so will not lower your risk of testicular cancer, it can lead to early diagnosis of the disease and in turn increase the chances of successful treatment.
The best time to conduct this self-test is after having a warm shower, or when you are generally relaxed.
A testicle that is clearly bigger than the other, as well as a hard lump, should be tell-tale signs that you might have testicular cancer.
Male infertility refers to a problem with a man’s reproductive system that prevents him from getting a woman pregnant.
A semen analysis, also known as a sperm count, is a medical examination that measures and assesses the quality of sperm and semen in general.
Erectile dysfunction is a health condition that affects a man’s ability to achieve and maintain an erection firm enough for satisfying intercourse.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED), colloquially known as impotence, is common as men progress with age. Men with ED number over 30 million men in the United States.
In Singapore, Prostate Cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in men, after colorectal and lung cancer.