Keep Dad Around — Let’s Talk about Testicular Cancer

by Kristen King

eYLRmQXm068IbyxkFjRPjjt5F7xynnPvLUlEZLS0g0gTesticular cancer is a topic I don’t particularly want to think about. Losing my husband to anything but especially to cancer is one of my greatest fears. Pretending these things don’t happen isn’t going to keep them from happening, but awareness can help us find them early when we can still do something about it. So, let’s talk about testicular cancer. Did you know…

  • One male is diagnosed with testicular cancer every hour?

  • It is the most easily detected form of cancer?

  • It has the highest survival rate when caught early?

November is Men’s Health Month. Even though it’s almost over, there’s still time to talk about keeping Dad healthy all year round. One of the best ways to do that is to encourage him to do monthly testicular self-exams. Yes, you heard me right. We ladies need to feel up the girls monthly, and the guys need to check out the boys once a month. Let’s face it — they’re down there all the time anyway, right? So tell them how to make all that scratching and “adjusting” productive.

ShowerCardsA monthly self-exam is simple and quick:

  1. Check one testicle at a time.
  2. Hold the testicle between the thumbs and forefingers of both hands and roll it gently between your fingers.
  3. If you notice any of these symptoms — hard lumps, smooth or rounded bumps, changes in size / shape / consistency — see a urologist right away.

The Testicular Cancer Foundation offers free shower cards as a reminder and guide for monthly testicular self-exams.

TCF’s brochure and shower card is a proven, effective way to teach young males about the importance of monthly self-exams. For parents, it is a simple tool to help make an awkward talk just a little easier.

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in males ages 15-35. It’s not known what causes testicular cancer. However, it has the best prognosis of any cancer when detected early. Most testicular cancers are self discovered by patients as a painless or uncomfortable lump in the testicle. If found early before it spreads, testicular cancer is almost always curable.

If you’re a dude, take action now by committing to monthly self-exams. If you’re not, talk to the men in your life about testicular health before November ends. You have a few days left!

And to make it even more fun, I’m working with Tommy John to help spread the word and raise money for TCF through their #supportyourballs campaign. How is Tommy John helping the Testicular Cancer Foundation?

  • They’re giving 5% of all sales coming fromt their limited edition “Mustache and Ball” collection

  • They’re contributing $10 for each purchase made by new customers who were referred by someone else

  • They’re donating $1 for each entry in their Instagram contest up to $1,000 (more on that below)

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To help Tommy John and TCF in the fight against testicular cancer, check out the “Mustache and Ball” collection and enter their Instagram contest! Here’s how to enter:

“Share a pair win a pair” Instagram contest. To enter, take a picture of any pair of round objects, and tag them on Instagram #SupportYourBalls, and follow @TommyJohnWear and @TesticularCancerFoundation for a chance to win a pair of Tommy John underwear (pictured above)

As we have learned with breast cancer, early detection is key. When you’re finished “sharing a pair to win a pair,” grow a pair and check your pair. We want our men to stick around, so get the word about about monthly testicular self-exams!

Let’s stay safe out there.

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Kristen King (aka, Mommy-in-Training) is a red-headed, glasses-wearing, wine-drinking, perpetually undercaffeinated writer and twin mom from the Tampa metro area, and founder of AmateurParenting.com. She and her husband, Jesse (aka, Daddy-in-Training) have fraternal boys born in December 2011, two dogs, and a cat. They are Independent Herbalife Distributors and Wellness Coaches. Meet the whole AmateurParenting.com team on our About page.

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1 Westly Smith March 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm

I never knew that testicular cancer was the most common cancer in males. I agree with you that males should go in and get this checked. I’ll be sure to do it when I get some time. Thanks for helping me understand more about this issue!

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