As we shine a spotlight on Testicular Cancer awareness month, Livestrong is proud of its partnership with Single Jingles Testicular Cancer Foundation. This June, Livestrong and Single Jingles will be hosting the inaugural TEAM Single Jingles National Speakers’ Bureau workshop. For more information on Single Jingles Testicular Cancer Foundation and to receive a complimentary shower card with helpful self-exam information, visit www.singlejingles.org.
And think of the young men in your life. Maybe it’s your own son. Or that nephew in Norfolk. A young college grad in your office. Or maybe it’s that cute kid down the street who is always outside shooting hoops.
They’re all smiling, right? Smiling and healthy.
What a great image, isn’t it? As we recognize Testicular Cancer Awareness month, why don’t we all work together to keep those young men healthy?
Would you be surprised to hear that those guys are in the number one age group for testicular cancer? That’s right. It’s the number one cancer in young men ages 15 to 35. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone. Most people — including moms and dads — had no idea.
Just ask Tracy Grist, mom of a teenage son whose own testicular cancer had spread throughout his body by the time it was diagnosed.
“The cancer had been present for two years before we caught it,” recalls Grist. “Tim didn’t know the warning signs. Nor did I.”
Fortunately, testicular cancer is one of the most survivable forms of cancer if it’s detected early. And early detection decreases the chances of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body.
For moms and dads, the key is to have a simple — albeit awkward — talk with sons about their testicles. As Grist explains, “Trust me, I would give anything to go back in time — and have a million of those awkward conversations with Tim if it could have prevented the pain, treatment, weight loss and months and months of lost childhood.”
The message is simple. Know your testicles!
*Do a simple, monthly self-exam to look for changes in your testicles (size, swelling, hardness, lumps, bumps, etc.)
*Parents should make sure their sons know to come to mom or dad if they notice any changes in their testicles
*Visit a doctor immediately if any changes in testicles are detected
Talking to your sons about testicular cancer might be a little awkward. But it’s an awkward talk that can save a life. Just ask these parents!