This April, UF Health celebrates Testicular Cancer Awareness Month to inform and spread awareness about the importance of understanding this disease. Testicular cancer occurs when cancer cells form in one or both testicles and about 9,600 new cases are expected to be diagnosed this year in the U.S., primarily affecting young men in their late teens through early thirties.
The cancer usually presents itself as a mass, which may be accompanied by pain or swelling in the testicle(s). However, one of the biggest issues surrounding testicular cancer is patients waiting too long to be seen by a physician. According to Dr. Padraic O’Malley, MSc, MD, FRCSC, the time between when a patient identifies an unusual mass and when they seek medical attention is critical.
“The sooner we can identify the cancer, the more we can limit the amount of treatment the patient will need,” Dr. O’Malley said.
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