The first week of April, 1-7, is testicular cancer awareness week. If it wasn’t for the gals over at I heart guts, who made the awesome chart above, I wouldn’t have known this week was TCAW, I thought it was just Easter. So men, get to know your boys a little close this week and give yourself a self exam because early detection is the best way to stop and get rid of testicular cancer.Â So what exactly is testicular cancer ? Google health defines it as, “cancer that starts in the testicles, the male reproductive glands located in the scrotum.” It seems that there are no detailed specifics on what causes the cancer in individuals, besides a family history or abnormalities in that region. Symptoms range from nothing to pain in that region, back/abdomen, enlargement of testis and the one you look out for the most is lumps or unusual swelling.
God forbid that while your feeling down there you do find something unusual, you need to go see a Doc ASAP. With everyone getting health care it shouldn’t be a problem right ? Plus, in the eastside there are those free clinics that always have women in scrubs trying to get you in there to get a free physical check up. Just ask for a testicular one.Â As men, we need to be healthy and look out for each other. Words P3000 imparted on me once, so know I return the favor to all the men reading this, check your balls. Lance Armstrong is the poster boy for raising cancer and testicular cancer awareness because he was diagnosed and survived. Then there was Tom Green who put it out on MTV and then just last week South Park had an episode in which a character purposely got the cancer so they could buy medical marijuana. With that being said, grab your huevos and check for anything unusual. It could mean everything or nothing, but better safe than sorry.