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The Majority Never Speaks About Testicular Cancer

Results from a national survey on who is educating you ng men about testicular cancer.

Over 60% of young men say, “None of these people” have spoken to them about testicular cancer.

 

Testicular cancer is the leading cause of cancer in young men age 15-35, yet not many people appear to be educating these young men about the disease.

 

A January 2016 survey by the Testicular Cancer Society asked 1000 young men in the U.S., ages 18-34, “Which of the following people have spoken to you about testicular cancer?” Respondents were given 5 multiple-choices in a multiple-answer format.

62% of respondents answered None of the Above

22% of respondents answered My Doctor

10% of respondents answered My Parent

9% of respondents answered My High School Teacher/Nurse

5% of respondents answered My Sports Coach

5% of respondents answered My College Professor/Nurse

 

These results indicate that people most likely closest to these young men are not discussing testicular cancer with them during a time when these young men are at greatest risk for the disease. While testicular cancer can occur at any age, it is disturbing that opportunities to educate those at highest risk are being missed.

Majority (62%) of young men say that No One is speaking to them about #TesticularCancer. #tscsm Click To Tweet

These results showed minor improvement from the 2015 National Spoken About TC Survey in which 67% responded None of the Above compared to 62% in the 2016 survey. 

 

For more information about this survey please contact the Testicular Cancer Society.

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Only 10% of young men have heard about #TesticularCancer from their parents. #tscsm Click To Tweet

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Young Men Are Clueless About Testicular Self-Exams

Survey results on if young men know how to do testicular self exams 2016

 

Testicular cancer is the leading cause of cancer in guys age 15-35, yet a January 2016 survey by the Testicular Cancer Society indicates less than half of young men know how to do a testicular self-exam.

 

The Testicular Cancer Society asked 500 young men in the U.S., age 18-34, “Do you know how to do a self-testicular exam?”

42% of the respondents indicated Yes.

43% of respondents indicated No.

16% of respondents indicated I’m Not Sure.

If caught and treated early testicular cancer is almost 100% curable. However, if diagnosed in later stages the survival rates drop and the treatment burdens are increased. A monthly testicular self-exam can help men become more familiar with their bodies, lead to early detection of testicular cancer and possibly save their life because they’ve noticed changes.

 

The men surveyed were ages 18-34 which is troubling because they are in the age group at highest risk for the disease. 

Majority of young men do not know how to do Testicular Self-Exams. #TesticularCancer #tscsm Click To Tweet

There is a positive sign in that the 42% of respondents indicated that they did know how to do a testicular self-exam, which is an increase compared to the 32% that indicated the same in the 2015 testicular self-exam survey.

 

Resources from the Testicular Cancer Society are available for helping with self testicular exams and for reminders.

 

Their free Ball Checker app is available on iTunes and Google Play. You can learn more about the app at www.BallChecker.com 

 

They also have a monthly text reminder system with instructions that is available by texting @selfexam to 81810

 

There is also information about testicular self-exams on their website.

 

For more information on this survey, please contact the Testicular Cancer Society.

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