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April is testicular cancer awareness month


April is testicular cancer awareness monthApril is testicular cancer awareness month, so there really is no better time to talk about two of a man's most important assets than right now.

Testicular cancer is actually quite different to other cancers in that it is particularly common in younger people, affecting men aged between 15 and 35.

This year alone in the US, the American Cancer Society estimates that 8,720 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and just over 4% (380) of these individuals will die as a result.

Advice from medical professionals is simple: men should check themselves for anything abnormal every month. The most common symptom is a painless lump the testicle, but other symptoms can include discomfort; a dull ache; and or an unusually heavy feeling in the scrotum.

Of course, if you're not quite sure whether a lump is normal or not, consult your medical professional as soon as possible.

And it really is important that men check on a regular basis because the good news is that the rate of survival for testicular cancer - if the disease is found early - is around 95%.

Did you know that a man's testicles can create upwards of 200 million sperm every single day? That's why men should take the time to look after these amazing organs.