Saturday, April 21, 2012

Self Exams & Cancer Prevention: Balls and Boobs

Today is the anniversary of the day I had my second testicle removed due to Stage 1 cancer. This simply means that cancerous cells were found, but no tumor had yet formed. Since the little fellow didn't work anyway, they performed a radical inguinal orchiectomy. That's where they go through the groin and get the testicle, spermatic cord, and everything connected to it. This was done first in 2004, for the same reason. They should have taken them both out at the same time, but didn't for whatever reason. The second was removed in 2007.

On this, the aforementioned anniversary, I've decided to post a video for young men (18 - 35) that explains how to do a testicular self-examination. It's a bit graphic, but it's really no big deal. Testicular cancer is the most preventable cancer there is, due to the location of the testes outside the abdomen. So, here's the video:

This is the best video I could find, although ideally the video would literally be done by the man himself. Still, it's a good video.

While I'm at it, I may as well show a video on breast exams, given Nancy's recent scare with a possible tumor. The love of my life could have had breast cancer. What a terrible thing to go through. So be proactive. Men, feel your balls. Women, feel your boobs. That's not so difficult, is it?

The breast exam video is part of the same series that did the testicular self-exam.

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