According to Cancer.com, an estimated 9,560 men in the United States will be diagnosed with testicular cancer this year. In fact, about one in 250 men and boys will be diagnosed during their lifetime — the average age of diagnoses being 33 years old.
The month of April was Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. Thanks to our friends at the Testicular Cancer Foundation, two very special characters are starting a ballsy conversation about the disease in an effort to educate the world.
Two (adorable) animated testes named Nad and Tad are on a mission to teach men everywhere how to recognize the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer. Men, especially ages 15-34, are not talking about testicular cancer enough.
But Nad and Tad are hoping to change that!
So, what are the signs of testicular cancer?
* A lump or area of hardness
* A change in the way a testicle feels, including swelling or enlargement (keep in mind it’s totally normal for one testicle to be slightly larger than the other, and for one to hang lower than the other)
* A feeling of heaviness or aching in the lower belly (abdomen) or scrotum
* Pain in one of your testicles
* Sudden buildup of fluid in the scrotum
If you notice one of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have testicular cancer. Sometimes the symptom can be the result of a different medical condition. Either way, make an appointment with your urologist or doctor as soon as you can and get your testicles checked out.
Visit NadAndTad.com for more information about Testicular Cancer.