Testicular Cancer Awareness Month on April, 2018: Testicular lumps, cancer?

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April, 2018 is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month 2018. Testicular Cancer Society Signs and symptoms of testicular cancer in easy to understand format

Testicular lumps, cancer?

I'm a testicular cancer survivor and the founder of ManExam Coalition for Testicular Cancer Awareness. First of all, good for you for going to the doctor and doing your research. Many men wait and wait, until it's too late. Did you go to your regular family doctor? If so, I would suggest going to a urologist for a second opinion. It sounds like something is going on down there, so if it's not cancer a urologist may be able to identify other things, especially if they're not common ailments. If it is cancer, you'll be one step closer to treatment, as most GPs refer TC patients to urologists anyway.

As I'm sure you know from your research the earlier TC is caught the better the prognosis. If it turns out to be TC, remember it's very curable, and that if a man loses a testicle, his other testicle can compensate, and become a "super testicle." Most men can still go on to lead normal lives and have children. In fact you can even choose to get a prosthetic testicle, to replace the look and feel of the one you've lost. Good luck and I hope you get to feeling better. Take care.

What month is testicular or prostate cancer month?

What month is testicular or prostate cancer month?

Prostate awareness month is in September.

Testicular cancer does not have a month.

Is anyone else upset that breast cancer is the only publicized awareness month?

Is anyone else upset that breast cancer is the only publicized awareness month?

No, I don't agree.

Breast cancer awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness Month are not high profile because of celebrity deaths, but for a much simpler reason - sheer hard work.

Breast cancer awareness campaigns and BC Awareness Month started as a campaign by ordinary women, many of them with cancer, to raise awareness so that people knew the symptoms, examined themselves regularly, attended their routine mammograms etc. Enthusiastic participation and hard work by women made it grow into something nationally, then internationally, recognised (and then big business cashed in).

I agree that awareness needs to be raised about other cancers too.and while I hate 'competitive illness' I can see why there is resentment about an imbalance in awareness raising and fund raising. I too have had family members suffer from other cancers - lung, testicular, stomach and cervical cancers and leukaemia, all but one of them dying of their cancers.

There are, as you point out, other cancer awareness months, weeks, ribbons etc; but the fact is none has had the sheer hard work put into it that breast cancer awareness has.

Now, I've had breast cancer and I personally very much dislike BC Awareness Month - or Pink October as the more cynical of us call it.

Support for those with a deadly disease that kills on average 33 women a day in the UK and 112 a day in the US (the only stats I have, I'm not being ethnocentric) has been turned into a marketing opportunity by big business, with around 1% of the cost of specially made pink stuff going to breast cancer charities, the rest into the retailers’ pockets.

The pink fluffy stuff infuriates me, and I'm not at all 'tickled pink' by Asda's (Walmart's) trivialisation of an illness that may yet kill me. October magazines carry stories from cheerful survivors who claim to have the all-clear (there is no all-clear with breast cancer), and often say bc has changed their lives for the better - very different from anybody I know who's had breast cancer.

And it has negative consequences for breast cancer patients too - I believe that the whole thing is counter-productive, that the marketing and fund-raising hype surrounding breast cancer, by trivialising a deadly disease, is leading people to believe, wrongly, that breast cancer is 1) not very serious, certainly not as serious as many other cancers (many women with breast cancer have been told - by people who don't have it - that it's a 'good' cancer to get) and 2) easily curable.

I've even heard it said that it's a ‘fashionable’ or 'sexy' cancer - my sexy prosthesis and sexy scarred, one-breasted body are evidence that it's no such thing.

In all the pink trivia, it's easy for people to lose sight of the fact that breast cancer is a devastating illness with disfiguring surgery, grueling treatments and so far no cure.

I don't wear a pink ribbon and as someone in remission from breast cancer I support the Think Before You Pink and Pink Stinks! campaigns, both started by women with breast cancer

BUT it does annoy me a little when people complain about the attention breast cancer receives in comparison to other cancers. The solution is not less attention for breast cancer, but more attention for other cancers - and there is nothing to stop any group of people starting a campaign along the lines of the one started ny those women who started all the breast cancer awareness. They'd have to be as dedicated and prepared to work as hard though.

Also on this date Sunday, April 1, 2018...