PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 27, 2012) – In the United States approximately 8,480 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year. It is the most common form of cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 35. The good news, however, is that testicular cancer is also one of the most curable types of cancer.
The American Cancer Societyrecommends all men have a testicular exam as part of general physical examination and routine cancer-related check-up. During a testicular exam, the physician will feel the genital organs (penis, scrotum, and testicles) and examine them for the presence of lumps, swelling, shrinking, or other visual signs of an abnormality. A testicular examination can detect the causes of pain, inflammation, swelling, congenital abnormalities such as an absent or undescended testicle, and lumps or masses that may indicate testicular cancer.
While routine testicular exams are important, most testicular cancer is detected by men themselves, either unintentionally or by self-examination. While no studies have been done to determine the effectiveness of testicular self-examination, it is important for all men to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease and consult with their healthcare provider if they notice any change in their testicles. Possible signs and symptoms of testicular cancer include:
- a painless lump or swelling in a testicle
- pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
- any enlargement of a testicle or change in the way it feels
- a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
- a dull ache in the lower abdomen, back, or groin
- a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
Arizona Oncologyplays a major role in helping men in Arizona and their families win the battle against testicular cancer by providing easy access to a full range of advanced cancer care services in a setting that allows patients to remain close to their homes and their support networks of family and friends. As a member of the US Oncology network, we can quickly bring the latest advances in therapies, research and technology to where patients live. As a result, patients access the best possible treatment with the least amount of disruption to their daily lives.
ABOUT ARIZONA ONCOLOGY
Arizona Oncology is the largest group of medical professionals in Arizona devoted exclusively to cancer care. With 48 practicing physicians, we serve patients at more than 24 locations throughout Arizona, including Cottonwood, Deer Valley, Flagstaff, Green Valley, Marana, Nogales, Oro Valley, Phoenix, Prescott Valley, Safford, Scottsdale, Sedona, Sierra Vista and Tucson. We are proud to provide comprehensive, compassionate, cancer care in a patient-focused, cost effective, community-based setting. Arizona Oncology provides patients with access to the latest treatments, state-of-the-art technology and access to cutting edge nationwide research and clinical trials. We believe it is beneficial when these therapies are provided in a community setting, close to patients' home and your support system. Our physicians are supported by talented clinical staff members who are sensitive to the needs of cancer patients and their caregivers. For more information, please visit www.ArizonaOncology.com.
ABOUT US ONCOLOGY
US Oncology, Inc., is the nation’s leading integrated oncology company By uniting the largest community-based cancer treatment and research network in America, US Oncology expands patient access to high quality care and advances the science of cancer care. Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, US Oncology is affiliated with more than 1,300 community-based oncologists and works with patients, hospitals, payers and the medical industry across all phases of the cancer research and delivery continuum. By promoting the use of innovative technology, clinical research, evidence-based medicine and shared best practices, US Oncology improves patient outcomes and offers a better patient experience.