Why is Early Detection Important?
Early detection saves countless lives every year. The earlier testicular cancer is found, the easier it is to treat because the cancer has not spread past the testicles.
Schedule your regular screening today.
Whether you have found changes yourself or it is time for your regular check-up, call 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) or visit your local Planned Parenthood health center to schedule your screening and get a professional opinion.
Who is at Risk for Testicular Cancer?
- Young men are most at risk for testicular cancer-it is the most common cancer in men ages 20-34.
- White men have the greatest risk-5-10 times more likely to get testicular cancer than African American men. After white men, Asian-American, Latino, and Native American men have the highest rates of testicular cancer.
Other risk factors include:
- Cryptorchidism (having a testicle that did not descend into the scrotum)
- Family history of testicular cancer
- Klinefelter's syndrome (a genetic condition that causes underdeveloped testicles and other problems)
- Having previously had testicular cancer
What Should I Expect During My Visit?
Your testicular cancer screening can be combined with a regular check-up. When you come in, your health care professional will examine your testicles for differences in size, shape, or texture - as well as the appearance of new bumps or hard lumps.
Watch, learn and ask questions.
This is a great time to learn how to better examine your own testicles at home in between your clinical testicular screenings.
What Should I Do?
- Do regular testicular exams
- Schedule a testicular cancer screening at your local Planned Parenthood health center. Professional health care providers will let you know if the changes in your testicles may lead to other problems, or if they are perfectly healthy.