Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month | Morris County NJ Proactive Health Screening
Progressive Diagnostic Imaging would like everyone to recognize that April is Testicular Cancer Awareness month. If you are between the ages of 15 and 39, you are in the most at-risk stage for developing testicular cancer. The cause of testicular cancer is not known yet, but there are many risk factors that can increase your chances. The two most common factors are: if you have a family history or if you had undescended testicles at birth. Knowing the symptoms may just help save your life. The six most common symptoms are: a pea-sized lump in either testicle, a swollen testicle, a shrinking testicle, aching in the groin or lower stomach, sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum and growth or pain in the breast tissue. If you experience any of these symptoms you should go to your doctor and then have him write a script to come to Progressive Diagnostic Imaging for an Ultrasound.
A scrotal ultrasound from Progressive diagnostic Imaging will give you and your doctor a comprehensive report on just what is going. An ultrasound is simple and painless and can put your mind at ease or give you a diagnosis, which, is the first step in a treatment plan with your doctor. We understand that it is tempting to ignore the symptoms and hope it goes away but believe us, it will not. A quick test at our facility will save you weeks or months of worry and it just might save your life. Click here to make your appointment now.
Before you come to us or go to a doctor the first thing you should do is a testicular self-Exam. Follow these four steps: First, cup one testicle at a time using both hands. This is best performed during or after a warm shower. Second, roll the testicle between your thumb and fingers using slight pressure but not so much it hurts. Three, familiarize yourself with spermatic cord and epididymis (the tube-like structures connected on the back side of each testicle). Four, check for lumps, changes in size or irregularities. It is normal for one testicle to be slightly larger.
If you do have testicular cancer do not make any quick decisions about your treatment. Explore some of the many support groups like this one to help guide the way. Find the best doctor / medical group that deals with testicular cancer on a daily basis. Go see multiple doctors and choose the group that is right for you. There are many support groups that can help you get started on your journey back to health and continue to support you after. Testicular cancer is curable and treatable but the earlier you can detect it the better your chances will be.
Progressive Diagnostic Imaging is a state-of-the-art outpatient imaging center offering the Morris County NJ area open MRI, Ultrasound Imaging, CT Scans, X-rays, and Early Detection Screenings in a warm, friendly, and convenient atmosphere.