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What Teachers Should Know | Content Quiz

For teachers to participate in this program and receive a testicular self-examination video, complete the following steps:

  1. Read the lesson content below.

  2. Complete the online content quiz.

  3. Fill out the online registration.

  4. View and discuss the video with your students.

The testicular self-examination video provides a graphic demonstration of how to perform a testicular self-exam. Viewer discretion is advised. It may be appropriate to have separate viewings for male and female audiences.

Image of three men.Testicular cancer is diagnosed in as many as 9,000 American males each year. It is the most common form of cancer in males ages 15-35. That translates into a 1 in 250 chance that you or a loved one will develop testicular cancer during your lifetime. Females need to understand this disease as well because many times the prompting from women is the most important factor in men seeking health care.

The key to surviving testicular cancer is early detection. The disease has one of the highest cure rates of all cancersómore than 90 percent, and virtually 100 percent if itís diagnosed before it spreads. Even in the relatively few cases where the cancer has spread widely, chemotherapy can cure at least half of those cases.

Surviving testicular cancer also is linked to ones access to health care and education about the disease.  Recent studies show that African-Americans are more than twice as likely to die from testicular cancer as Caucasians. Yet incidence rates for U.S. Caucasians are four times higher. There is no biological reason for the higher death rate for African-Americans.  Instead this disparity may be due to the fact that African-Americans did not see a doctor until the disease was in an advanced stage.

While early detection is crucial in fighting testicular cancer, less than 5 percent of young men have been taught testicular self-examination. Instructing men how to perform a self- examination allows them to become familiar with their own body so they will notice any changes. Regular self-examination is an important health habit to do in a warm shower or right after showering.

The benefits of presenting the topic of self-examination to your students outweigh the obstacles. Students must be willing to put aside the embarrassment and denial associated with this type of cancer. By using this video, you are helping to raise the awareness of testicular cancer and encourage your students to get involved in their own health care. You also might be in a position to advise any student who fears he has signs of testicular cancer to see a doctor immediately and to reassure him that the cure rate approaches 100 percent with early detection.

Regular self-examination is important, but it can't substitute for a doctor's examination. If testicular cancer is diagnosed, the physician will determine the type and stage of the cancer, then decide which treatment will work best.

Remember, building awareness of this disease is a key first step in fighting it successfully.



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