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May 21, 2013 9:37 AM by Marissa Torres

Testicular Cancer number one cancer among teen boys

Testicular cancer is the number one cancer of men 15 to 35. If caught early-- it's very curable.

"I didn't think that it was going to be cancer."

But it was: Testicular Cancer. Anthony Vasold, just 24 at the time, got the diagnosis almost three years ago. He's since gone through extensive chemo and multiple surgeries

"I never allowed myself to think I was going to lose. It was just another obstacle, another round."

About 8,000 men are diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in the U.S. each year. Even if caught late, Dr.Robert Hoyer says it's still about 90% curable.

"That's the unique part about testicular cancer, all the stages are curable," says Oncologist Dr. Robert Hoyer.

Tt's just a matter of knowing the signs.

"Adolescent boys should be taught how to do testicular cancer exams on a monthly basis, we recommend that all men do this on a monthly basis... if you notice a lump, get it checked. That's the most important thing."

Common signs and symptoms include lumps, swelling and pain in the testicles and scrotum. Some conditions can even cause nausea and vomiting.

 

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