Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) April 06, 2013
April 1-7 is Testicular Cancer Awareness Week, and doctors at Comprehensive Urology are taking the opportunity to encourage males between 12 and 50 to undergo testing for this serious disease.
“Testicular cancer is most common in men between the ages of 20 and 34,” said Dr. Kia Michel, a renowned urologist and robotic surgery specialist at Comprehensive Urology. “However, the fact is that this cancer can affect men of all ages, including children and the elderly. In recognition of Testicular Cancer Awareness Week, we’re reminding males to perform regular self-screening and see a doctor for annual exams.”
Developing in one or both testes, testicular cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in men between 15 and 35 and can result in infertility, sexual side effects and even death. Fortunately, testicular cancer is very treatable, provided it’s detected early. According to the American Cancer Society, 7,920 men will receive a testicular cancer diagnosis this year, while only 370 will die from the disease. Seeking treatment for testicular cancer early is the best way to ensure a successful recovery with minimal side effects.
Men should be aware of the following signs and symptoms of testicular cancer: lumps in the testicle; change in size or shape of testicle; testicular swelling, pain or tenderness; loss of energy; or a heavy feeling in the groin area. Patients who notice one or more of the above symptoms during a self-exam, and those with a family history of testicular cancer, should not hesitate to visit an urologist for further testing.
“Many men let discomfort or fear prevent them from undergoing testicular cancer screening,” said Comprehensive Urology’s Dr. Premal J. Desai, who has unique training in laparoscopic and robotic surgery for urologic cancers. “It’s important to remember that getting screened isn’t a big deal, and early testing really does save lives.”
Dr. Michel and the team at Comprehensive Urology offer a number of innovative procedures to treat testicular cancer, including Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection. A nerve-sparing treatment, RPLND treats testicular cancer while preserving sexual health and function. Doctors at Comprehensive Urology also offer various options for preserving fertility after a cancer diagnosis.
“The important thing is not to allow fear to prevent you from getting tested for testicular cancer,” said Dr. Michel, who advises men to perform regular self-exams in the shower or bath.
Comprehensive Urology Medical Group is a renowned urological practice in Los Angeles, which provides state-of-the-art urological care in a personalized and compassionate environment. The physicians at Comprehensive Urology Medical Group are board certified urologists with specialty training in a number of different aspects of urology including treatment of urological cancers, kidney stones, erectile dysfunction, and female urology.
For more information about our doctors at Comprehensive Urology Medical Group, please visit our urology practice website or call to make an appointment (310) 278-8330.