Testicular CanceróA Program of Survival

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Image of a human body scan.The most common form of cancer in males ages 15-35 could be diagnosed earlier and more often with a simple self-examination if males are willing to put aside the embarrassment and denial.

Testicular cancer is diagnosed in 8,000 to 9,000 American males each year. Thatís a 1 in 250 chance of you or a loved one developing it in your lifetime.

But the news isnít all bad. Testicular cancer has one of the highest cure rates of all cancersómore than 90 percent, and virtually 100 percent if itís diagnosed before itís spread. Even in the relatively few cases where the cancer has spread widely, chemotherapy can cure at least half of those cases.

Obviously if it can be caught early, testicular cancer can be managed. A simple self-examination might be the answer.

This web site not only explains how to perform a self-examination, it also provides educators with access to a video to help teach young men to carry out this important exam. Learn what you need to know to teach your students about testicular self-examination. Take the quiz to check your knowledge. Then you can receive a free video to use with your students.

If you are a student or other visitor, check out this web siteís student section.  You will learn facts about testicular cancer. You can also follow the instructions for performing a self-examination. Scan the Frequently Asked Questions to see answers to common questions you might have.

This web site is made possible through a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the James B. Chambers Memorial Foundation to the Urologic Research Institute in Wheeling, WV. This outreach program seeks to increase testicular cancer awareness and teach self-examinations throughout West Virginia high schools.

Remember, when it comes to testicular cancer, education can save lives.

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