Guys, why aren’t you checking your balls for cancer?
Cancer | April 16, 2018
(Mary Brophy Marcus/ Men’s Health) — Scott Petinga, 45, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2004. “I was 31 at the time and I had just gotten married and was essentially on my honeymoon when we found the lump,” he told MensHealth.com.Within a week of diagnosis, he was undergoing surgery, and he also received radiation for the condition. He says it was sheer luck that led to him finding the lump in the first place.
“I was never taught [to check] or be aware of lumps,” he said.
Petinga is not alone. When it comes to cancer prevention, many guys clearly aren’t paying enough attention to what’s going on down there.
In honor of Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, Petinga’s nonprofit organization, the Center for Advocacy for Cancer of the Testes International (CACTI) polled 1,000 men, asking whether they did self-checks for testicular cancer. Almost half said they did not.
Because the CACTI survey was not conducted by a research institute or medical group, it’s worth taking its findings with a grain of salt. Yet the results are significant, in that they reveal the many misconceptions swirling around testicular cancer. Forty percent of the men surveyed also said they believed they could get testicular cancer from wearing tight underwear, taking a spin class, or having too much sex — none of which are true. (…)read full story