Time to start MOVEMBER !!!
In 2003 in Australia, the couple of friends gathered together and decided to change the FACE of Men’s Health by growing a moustache. The change in look of the ambassadors of events, that started in November 2004 paid attention to raising awareness of diseases typical of males. Initially, it was prostate cancer, then came also depression and last years - testicular cancer. The name for this activity took its origin from the words MOustache and noVEMBER.
This MOVEMBER we encourage all men to take care of themselves. As Urologist, I’d like to put attention on diseases of testes and prostate. Prostate cancer can be detected by PSA blood test and examination of the prostate with the finger introduced to patient’s rectum.
If You are over 45 and want to check if You are safe, book an appointment with me, because You can’t do the screening at home.
Every man starting at the age of 15 should learn how to do a self-examination of his testes. It is really not complicated and may be described in three steps:
1. Take a warm shower or bath and stand up. It may be useful to stand in front of the mirror. Check for any swelling of scrotal skin and differences of look and feeling in the scrotum, such as enlarged veins or heaviness.
2. Examine each testicle with both hands. Place Your index and middle fingers under the testicle with the thumbs placed on top. The firm, but gently roll the testicle between Your thumbs and fingers to feel any irregularities in the surface or texture of the testicle. Pay special attention to the density of the testicles, which has to be regular without any hard nodules inside.
3. Find the epididymis, a soft, rope-like structure on the back of the testicle. If You are familiar with this structure, You won’t mistake it for a suspicious lump.
You can find many helpful tools on the Internet, such as applications or reminders to do this self-test regularly.
IF YOU FIND ANY IRREGULARITIES OR CHANGES, BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH ME, AND I WILL CHECK IT AND DISCUSS THE FINDINGS WITH YOU.
Don’t be shy. This action was made because too many young men die unnecessarily. Remember, most of the testicular cancers are diagnosed by men themselves or their partner. Early detected cancer can be cured completely in most cases. Fortunately on the other side, not all lumps or irregularities are cancerous, however only an experienced Doctor can make that determination. By that we can diagnose and, if necessary, cure also hydrocoele, epididimal cysts or varicocoele, which are benign conditions, but may affect the quality of life.
Dr. Maciej Szwedowski, MD, PhD, FEBU