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Experts are urging more young men to get themselves screened for testicular cancer, as the disease is most often found in males between the ages of 15 and 35 years old. In addition, the disease is the most common form of cancer for white males between the ages of 20 to 34 years old.
The National Cancer Institute says most testicular cancers are found first by the patient, whether through self-examination or randomly.
According to Dr. Donald Rudick, a local urologist, males should be taught self-examination techniques to help detect testicular cancer, just as women are educated in how to do self-exams for breast cancer.
As Rudick explained it, male self-examination entails manipulating the testes between the fingers in searching for any lumps or irregularities.
If any abnormality is detected a screening by a doctor or clinician is strongly advised. This is especially true for those with the highest likelihood of developing the disease.
Rudick said this group includes those with a "family and also personal history [of testicular cancer] or if the patient has had or was born with what we called an undescended testis-- it would be extremely important to have that followed up."
Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, April 11, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.