Testicular Cancer

Testicular Cancer

Each year around 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer in the UK, and 55,000 globally. As a result of the disease around 60 young men will die each year. The disease most often affects men between the ages of 15 and 45, and is the most common cancer in men between the ages of 25 and 49.

According to https://orchid-cancer.org.uk/testicular-cancer/ the possible symptoms of testicular cancer may include:

  • A small pea sized lump can be felt in around 90% of cases and in over 80% of cases this will be painless
  • Dragging sensation, ache or pain (more common in non cancerous conditions)
  • Recent history of trauma (10%), leading to examination and discovery of a lump
  • Breast swelling or tenderness (called gynaecomastia). This is rare but may be caused by hormones which are produced by some types of testicular cancer. Similar symptoms can be caused simply by body changes during puberty (growing pains)
  • Back pain caused by enlarged lymph nodes in the back.

It is recommended that men perform regular self-examination of the testicles, and attend their GP if they notice the above symptoms or anything else unusual. If testicular cancer is diagnosed quickly there is a greater chance of a cure.

Orchid is the UK’s leading charity working with anyone affected by or interested in male cancer: prostate, testicular and penile cancer. Their aim is to save men’s lives from male cancer by providing a range of support services, education and awareness campaigns, and a pioneering world-class research programme.

There are a variety of ways for you to get in touch with Orchid including:

  • Post: ORCHID, 231-233 North Gower Street, London, NW1 2NR
  • Orchid National Male Cancer Helpline: 0808 802 0010
  • Email: helpline@orchid-cancer.org.uk
  • Website: orchid-cancer.org.uk

Between 9th and 15th April 2018 the tenth Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week will take place. During this week Orchid will be taking the opportunity to raise awareness of these male specific cancers together with providing practical advice, support, and information on male cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. Orchid will be undertaking a range of activities including:

  • Launching a new report entitled “Prostate Cancer Britain’s Growing Problem”, calling for urgent action to tackle the most common cancer in men in the UK.
  • Publishing the results of an independent survey into the general awareness of male specific cancers.
  • Roadshows and health information events.
  • Raising awareness.
  • The annual Orchid River Run on 11 April 2018 along the River Thames.

For more information please visit Orchid’s website: https://orchid-cancer.org.uk/about-us/press-office/ or contact them on: 0203 745 7310.

Wolferstans is fully supportive of the Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week and more information can be found on our website: https://wolferstans.com/category/medical-negligence/

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