Hey guys, welcome to our third installment of our Movember series. As we move through the month of November, I know we’re all trying to hard to look after ourselves, keep well and keep fit. Here we offer a brief on the men’s health topic of testicular cancer, signs and symptoms as well as where to get some further information.
Testicular cancer affects up to 180 men in Ireland each year. This is a cancer affecting mainly Caucasian men and is the most common cancer in young men. In fact, three quarters of all men diagnosed in Ireland are under the age of 40. Thankfully testicular cancer is usually curable and very treatable.
Testicular cancer is when the cells of your testicle grow in an abnormal way to form a lump (tumour). The cancer can affect how the testicles work normally. Sometimes testicular cancer cells spread to lymph glands at the back of the abdomen, the chest or neck.
Testicular cancer symptoms can be a painless lump or swelling in the testicles, pain or discomfort in the scrotum, groin or lower stomach, enlarged testicles or a heavy feeling in the scrotum. When testicular cancer has spread outside the testicles you may have a dull ache in your lower back, lower abdominal pain, shortness of breath as well as swollen lymph glands in the abdomen, groin or chest.
Currently there is no national screening programme in Ireland for testicular cancers, so it is so important that men undergo self-examination regularly on a monthly basis. Get comfortable with knowing your body, and when something doesn’t feel right, go to your GP for further examination.
Supports are available to anyone seeking further information about testicular cancer. Freephone the Irish Cancer Society 1800 200 700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember guys, your health is so important to you, and at Lakeland Kayaks we value our health over all things. It can be so easy to dismiss our worries and concerns and think nothing more of it but keeping in tune with our bodies is key. The body is an amazing thing and it let’s us know when something is wrong, and any concerns you may feel should be brought to the attention of your GP sooner rather than later.
That’s all for this week of our Movember series, as always we hope this information may be helpful to any of our customers and we hope you are all keeping positive and doing well! Join us next week where we discuss men’s mental health in Ireland, services available to us and how to keep our mind positive and well.