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Importance of raising awareness of testicular cancer

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Movember is now a well-established annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer is one of the less common cancers, typically affecting young men between the ages of 15 to 49 in the prime of life. About 2,300 men are diagnosed each year and the number is increasing. It is however one of the most easily treated cancers and the prognosis is excellent with 98% surviving five or more years after diagnosis.

Andrea Rusbridge, a specialist medical negligence partner based at Shoosmiths’ Northampton office, is keen to help raise awareness of testicular cancer during Movember. She is acting for a young man who identified a lump and was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Unfortunately, his treatment was not as it should have been, and he is bringing a claim seeking compensation for negligence.

Andrea says:

“It cannot be emphasised enough that it is really important to know what feels normal for you and any changes can be picked up by regular self-examination. Any changes should be checked out by your GP.”

The most common form of this cancer is germ cell testicular cancer. Treatment is usually surgical removal of the testicle which does not affect fertility or ability to have sex. If chemotherapy and or radiotherapy is needed, the option to bank sperm will be given. In these circumstances, Andrea suggests that it would be wise to also seek advice about a making Will so that in the event of death the donor’s wishes for use of the sperm can be known.

She concludes:

“Sadly, this type of cancer is often diagnosed late because of lack of awareness in young men. There is currently no routine testing for this type of cancer and it remains the case that the most effective way of early detection is self-examination on a regular basis.”

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This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given. © Shoosmiths LLP 2021

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