Cancer. Just saying the word can make one nervous. Add the words prostate or testicular to the mix and it can make grown men petrified. But nerves should not prevent you from getting check out and ensuring that you are clear.
Soon it will be Prostate Cancer Awareness week and in light of this, Urologist Dr Shinghai Mutambirwa gives some insights into a variety of male health issues, with a focus on cancer.
According to Dr Mutambirwa, the survival rate for cancers are very high in this day and age, but it is important to get checked. This way is can get picked up early and treated right away. A key par of this is self examination.
If you do find any lumps or bumps on your testicles, get it checked. It is really not that difficult.— Dr Shinghai Mutambirwa, Urologist
Dr Mutambirwa, says that if the lump or bump is beside the testicle, 90% of the time it is not going to be a cancer that will spread. If the lump is in the testicle it will most likely be testicular cancer, but again that has a high survival rate.
While most of the time a lump is the way to check for testicular cancer, people who are at risk should get ultrasound screening to be sure. These include people who have a history of cancer in their family or who struggled with descended testicles.
While this all seems good and well, there seems to be a psychological block when it comes to checking for testicular or prostate cancer. For Dr Mutambirwa information is the way to counter this.
Explain it to them. Say, look I know you don't want to see this person, I know you think you are in great shape, but if you don't get yourself checked out you may be running into trouble.— Dr Shinghai Mutambirwa, Urologist
One of the reasons for this is cancers like those related to the prostate and testicles have virtually no symptoms other than the appearance of lumps. If you don't get them checked, it could be life threatening.
If you are diagnosed with testicular cancer, one thing you should ask about and disclose to your partner is the issue of fertility.
When you are put on chemotherapy, it can kill all your sperm cells and you may not be able to reproduce naturally. It might be worthwhile to have a discussion about fertility.— Dr Shinghai Mutambirwa, Urologist
Listen to the full interview below: