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Posted: Thu Nov 15 19:00:21 PST 2018
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testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer for men between the ages of 15 and 35. and if you're a man, you should consider checking yourself regularly. i know this not only because i'm a reporter ...i'm also a survivor. i wanted to speak with an expert about testicular health. so i met up with board certified urologist dr. kadi ann bryan with providence health in medford to talk about my own experience and about how men can take charge of their health. i remember it like it was yesterday because was just this really surreal moment. it was shocking to me. it happened actually when i was 22 years old. oh wow, right. and so i have always thought that it's a great idea for people to be aware that it's a possibility. it obviously happened to me. and i always say that its the best thing that ever happened to me as well because it really changed the trajectory of my life...for the best. kati: first i'd like to say congratulations. i mean, you are, this is what's so wonderful about testicular cancer if you're going to find something good about something bad. is that it's a very highly curable cancer if it's diagnosed particularly in the early stages. in terms of diagnosis, about 9,000 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer per year. mike: can you tell me about the procedure that you can do to give yourself a self-exam? kati: the first thing is you want to start off in the shower. you will hold the testicle between your index and your forefinger. and then you feel the entire testicle. it should be smooth, it should be symmetric, you shouldn't feel any irregularities. then just behind the testicle is a structure called the epididymis. that's where the sperm gets matured after it's made in the testicle and it feels sort of like a ropey collection that's right next to the testicle and that then transitions into the vas deferens. and the key is the testicles should be the same size, they should be more of a softer consistency, you shouldn't feel anything that feels hard or rock-like. no lumps. no bumps. no pain. and they should be the same size. mike: if you find it early, how good is your prognosis from that point? kati: it's actually, it's wonderful. the cure rate for early, if it's early stage testicular cancer, it's close to 100 percent, absolutely way above 95 percent. again for more advanced stages it's around 75 percent. so of just about most cancers, it's probably one of the ones with highest success rates for cure. i think that's why what you're doing is so very important just to get the word out there. you know, promote it much in the same way we've done for breast cancer. you know, i think no longer is it taboo to talk about breast self-exams. and i'd like us action to men out there, what would you say? kati: i would say, don't be a punk, check your junk. like, there's nothing wrong with it. you know, absolutely. and i would say that not only to men, like i would say it to partners, i would say it to mothers, i would say it to fathers. just be comfortable just talking about this with your children, with your spouse, just anybody. this
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