According to the Testicular Cancer Society, around 8,850 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer each year and with April being Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, it is important to know the facts about this form of cancer. Found most commonly in men between the ages of 15 and 35, testicular cancer occurs when cancer cells develop in one or both testicles. These cells can grow to become a tumor or a mass.
Testicular cancer can also be treated successfully, however, as quoted by the Testicular Cancer Society:
The key is early detection. When testicular cancer is diagnosed in early stages, meaning the cancer is confined to the testis, the 5-year survival rate is 99%. When the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes the 5-year survival rate drops to 96%. If the cancer has metastasized (spread) to distant areas the 5-year survival rate is 71%.
In a video from the Johns Hopkins Medicine YouTube Channel, Dr. Phil Pierorazio gives details on the different types of testicular cancer, risk factors, and treatment options.
Testicular cancer is usually detected by the discovery of a lump on the testicle which is why the Testicular Cancer Society recommends men do a self-exam on their testicles every month. Instructions on how to do a self-exam can found on the society’s website or by downloading the Ball Checker app on your smartphone.
Monthly Testicular Self-Exams are the Best Tool Available for Catching #TesticularCancer Early when it's almost 100% Curable.
— Testicular Cancer Society (@TCSociety) April 17, 2021
Author and playwright Byron Lane, a survivor of testicular cancer, shared on his Twitter account a couple of posts on testicular cancer.
Lil’ PSA for dudes and people who love dudes ❤️❤️
— Byron Lane (@byronlane) April 17, 2021
April is testicular cancer awareness month. I’m a survivor. Catch it early! Feel for hard lumps and ask your doctor. More tips and info from my friends at @TCSociety and @Movember #movember #testicularcancer (*grapefruits not to scale*) pic.twitter.com/iaj155TIBD
— Byron Lane (@byronlane) April 16, 2021
Lane also wrote, produced, and directed a web series inspired by his own fight with testicular cancer called Last Will and Testicle. Lane himself plays the lead character with Beth Grant, Jonathan Van Ness, his husband Steven Rowley, and many others also appear in the series. The trailers for both seasons are below.
More information on testicular cancer can found on the Testicular Cancer Society website.