Males who are aware of testicular cancer may be concerned about what to look out for when doing self-examinations. They often wonder what exactly are the symptoms of testicular cancer? Here are some simple facts that may help to determine what are the symptoms and when to be concerned.
It is important to understand that just having symptoms described in this article is not to say that you do for sure have testicular cancer. Having symptoms only means that you should have a doctor examine you to make a diagnosis. The symptoms that are typical of testicular cancer can also be symptoms for other conditions.
Cancer that forms in a man’s testicles is called: testicular cancer. Usually this type of cancer affects males who are between the ages of 20 and 40. Males who have had abnormal testicle development, have had an undescended testicle, or have those who have a family history of testicular cancer are those who are more prone to developing this cancer.
White males of Scandinavian descent are more prone to having this type of cancer. The testicular cancer rate for white males has doubled in the past 40 years and has recently increased for black men too. There is no known cause for the difference in rate of occurrence between whites and blacks.
The symptoms of testicular cancer include pain in the scrotum or testicle, or ache in the lower abdomen, back or groin, lumps in the testicles or in the groin area, and also swelling the same area. The earlier you discover and treat this cancer the better for prognosis.
According to studies conducted by the American Cancer Society, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in America. The organization estimates that during 2008 about 186,320 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. Although 1 in every six men in the United States will get prostate cancer in his lifetime, only 1 in 35 will die of this illness. Still this is a staggering statistic. Currently, prostate cancer is number among the killer cancers in the US for males, after lung cancer.
Survival rates for sufferers of cancer have improved over the years because of two main factors:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Improved treatment methods. Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Improved screening and monitoring, which help detect and begin treatment of the cancer earlier.
The prognosis for the sufferer is best when cancer is detected early and proper treatment begun as soon as possible. If cancer is detected early enough, then treatments have much better chances of success, driving the cancer into remission.
Diet and lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the risk of developing many forms of cancer, including some of the cancers discussed below. Even in cases where cancer is caught too late to be cured, a range of treatment options can still be effective in relieving the pain and symptoms that are caused by the cancer while also improving the quality of life for the sufferer.
Prostate cancer affects a large number of men yet few know exactly how prevalent the cancer is. To better understand the disease, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s important to look at statistics which help you to realize the risks faced by the condition. In this article, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll relay some statistics that have been gathered from various sources regarding prostate cancer.
– An estimated 1 in 6 men in the United States will become afflicted with a case of prostate cancer. This accounts for an estimated 234,460 cases of prostate cancer being diagnosed per year in the United States alone. Although prostate cancer is often treatable, roughly 1 in 34 men living in the United States will die as a result of prostate cancer. It is also important to note, however, that there are an approximate 1.8 million men in the United States who have survived a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
As you age as a man, you may have to face certain conditions of the male reproductive system. Nodular prostatic hyperplasia is one of them. Many times men hear about nodular prostatic hyperplasia as being called BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). It is quite common in men over the age of 50. Probably Ã‚Â¼ of the male population, over the age of 50, have some degree of prostatic hyperplasia.
By the time a man has reached the age of 80, he has only a 10% chance of not having some form of hyperplasia, meaning that 90% of the men over 80 have it. Of course, the interesting thing about prostatic hyperplasia is that it often does not present any bothersome symptoms and usually doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t require surgery or medication of any kind.
Scientists really have no clear explanation of this phenomenon, but studies show that prostrate cancer is more common in African-Americans than with any other race. According to the study conducted by the American Cancer Society, African-Americans are twice more likely to die of prostate cancer than white men.
The same study pointed out that where prostate cancer rates is high in countries located in North America and the Northwestern Europe, it is less common in Asia Africa, Central and South America. Asian men are the least likely to be affected of prostate cancer, although this does not mean that they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really get the disease at all.
Diet is one of the most important components of a personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s health, if not the most important. Just about any physical ailment can be traced directly or indirectly to what someone does or does not eat. People who are not adequately nourished are not only more susceptible to diseases such as prostate cancer; they are also more likely to succumb under its effects.
People who eat well, as a rule, stand a much better chance of resisting diseases. They will also recover faster than those who do not follow a balanced, nutritionally optimal diet.