With the demands of work, family and friends, it’s hard to find the
time to visit a doctor for health screenings. But these exams and tests,
which are performed in the absence of symptoms, are an essential cornerstone
of preventive medicine. If the men in your life haven’t seen their
family physicians lately, encourage them to make an appointment during
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month this April. A
testicular cancer screening probably won’t reveal any abnormalities. But just in case
it does, the skillful cancer care specialists at Riverside Community Hospital
are here to help.
Testicular cancer screening guidelines
Health screening guidelines are established by multiple organizations and
they can vary. It’s important to remember that these guidelines
may not necessarily be appropriate for every patient. Men should consider
asking their primary care physicians if a certain health screening is
appropriate for them, based on their personal risk factors of testicular cancer.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force does not currently recommend that
men who do not have symptoms undergo routine screenings for testicular
cancer. The organization also does not recommend that men perform routine
The American Cancer Society does recommend that men who are at least 20
years old have a testicular cancer screening during their annual health
exams. The organization also notes that doctors may recommend routine
self-exams for men who are at a high risk of testicular cancer.
Testicular cancer self-exams
Self-exams for testicular cancer are intended to alert men to
abnormal changes of the testicles, which should be evaluated by a doctor. Men who choose to perform self-exams
should do so after bathing because the skin of the scrotum will be more
relaxed. Men can check for the following abnormalities:
- Hard lumps or nodules
- Changes in size, consistency or shape
- Swelling or enlargement of one testicle
Cancer Center at
Riverside Community Hospital brings together leading oncology specialists who are genuinely committed
to giving each patient the high-quality, personalized care he or she deserves.
We’re pleased to offer state-of-the-art medical technology like
CyberKnife and robotic surgery, which allows Riverside families to receive
superior care right in their own community. Call our nurse referral line
at (951) 788-3463.