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Question #1613 posted on 11/22/2003 4:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
There is a lot of information/concern about women getting regular checkups for breast cancer. They are often encouraged to perform self-checks for possible lumps. This is good information, but what about men and their unique cancers? Prostate cancer is a real risk for men over 50. Testicular cancer can also be a concern. Is there information about self-checks for these types of cancers?
-Neglected Male

A: Dear Neglected male,

Yes, there are self-checks for males. Testicular cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for men between the ages of 16 and 35. You should do a self exam once a month. It needs to be performed in a hot shower and you can probably guess what you should do. Any lumps on the testicle should be checked out immediatly (95% of testicular lumps are cancerous). Lumps not directly on the testicle are probably non-cancerous but should be checked out any way.

The captain