Annual Testicular Cancer Health and Wellbeing Event

12/04/2016

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and on Monday 11th April the Trust held the third annual “Testicular Cancer Health and Well Being Event” in the Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital. The event was aimed at men who were diagnosed with testicular cancer in the past year. The event was supported by Friends of the Cancer Centre. It was attended by a total of 28 men and their guests.

The focus of the health and wellbeing event was survivorship, coping with treatment related side effects and improving quality of life. Patients and their guests were given short presentations by health care professionals from Belfast Trust.

Three patients also courageously told inspiring stories of their cancer journey, and how they coped both during and after their treatment.

Feedback from those attending was all very positive, with comments such as “very interesting and pitched just at the right level”, ”very helpful, perfect!”, “”overall excellent, really helpful and glad the event exists”, “just keep doing these sessions, very informative and interesting”.

Information about Testicular Cancer

Each year over 2,200 men in the UK are diagnosed with Testicular Cancer, with 60-80 of those cases occurring in Northern Ireland. It commonly affects men between the ages of 15-45, with around 47% of men diagnosed under the age of 35. It is a highly curable disease, with 98% of men cured.

It is important for men to carry out regular self-examination of both testicles as this is the easiest was to identify any potential problems. It only takes a few minutes to perform, best done after a bath or shower. Ideally self-examination should be carried out once a month. Signs and symptoms of Testicular Cancer are:

  • A small, firm, usually painless lump in or on one or both testicles. Lumps may be as small as a grain of rice or a pea
  • Swelling, discomfort or hardness of the testicle
  • A dull ache in the lower part of the abdomen, scrotum or groin
  • Any enlargement /decrease in the size of the testicle
  • A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum.

It is important if you have any concerns to get checked by a GP as soon as possible. Do not delay in seeking advice. The following websites are useful sources of information regarding Testicular Cancer:

 

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