When it comes to men’s health, early detection is crucial in managing testicular and prostate cancer. Being aware of the symptoms can lead to early diagnosis and better outcomes.
Here’s a guide to help you stay healthy this Movember:
Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
Lump or Enlargement in a Testicle:
- Feel for any unusual masses or changes in size or shape.
Heaviness in the Scrotum:
- A sensation of weightiness or discomfort in the scrotal area could indicate an issue.
Pain or Discomfort:
- Persistent pain or discomfort in the testicles, scrotum, groin, or abdomen warrants attention.
- Swelling or fluid accumulation in the scrotum could signal a problem.
Early Puberty in Boys:
- Deepening voice and the growth of facial and body hair at an abnormally young age could be a sign.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
- Changes in urination patterns such as difficulty starting or stopping, or a weakened urine stream, might indicate prostate issues.
- Urinating more often, particularly at night, could be a sign of prostate problems.
Blood in Urine or Semen:
- Presence of blood in urine or semen requires prompt investigation.
- Persistent difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection could be associated with prostate concerns.
Pain or Discomfort:
- Discomfort in the hips, back, or chest, especially if it’s persistent, needs evaluation.
Weakness or Numbness:
- Feelings of weakness or numbness in the legs or feet may be linked to prostate issues.
If you experience any of these symptoms related to testicular or prostate cancer, don’t hesitate to seek medical advice. Schedule an appointment at Henry J. Austin Health Center by calling 609-278-5900 or by visiting henryjaustin.org/services. Early detection significantly improves the chances of successful treatment and recovery.
Remember, your health matters, and addressing concerns promptly can lead to better outcomes. Stay informed, stay alert, and prioritize your well-being this Movember.
Testicular cancer: Testicular tumor. Testicular Tumor | American Cancer Society. (n.d.). https://www.cancer.org/cancer/types/testicular-cancer.html
What is prostate cancer?: Prostate cancer types. Prostate Cancer Types | American Cancer Society. (n.d.). https://www.cancer.org/cancer/types/prostate-cancer/about/what-is-prostate-cancer.html