Don’t be a punk; check your junk!

By Nicole Brand
Guest Writer

February 28, 2013

Got your attention? Good! Now listen up! Blushing is permissible, but ignorance is not bliss, so please, for the life of you, read on. According to the International Testicular Cancer Foundation, “testicular cancer is the number one form of cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 35. A new case of testicular cancer is diagnosed approximately every sixty minutes. One in every 250 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in his lifetime.”

Why is this important? Because, male readers, this is you. Female readers, this is your boyfriend, your best friend, your brother, and maybe even your father.

Testicular cancer, left undetected, can quickly travel to the abdomen, the liver, the lungs, the bones, and the brain. Early detection is the key. If caught early, cure rates are among the highest of all cancers.

Performing testicular self-examinations are paramount in detecting testicular cancer early. A testicular self-examination is best done following a warm shower, so that the skin around the testicle is relaxed, and the testicle is more palpable. Next, take a minute to touch each testicle, one at a time, feeling for any lumps, bumps, heaviness, pain or achiness. It is normal for one to be larger than the other, so it is important for you to know your body so you can recognize any changes. If you feel any lumps, bumps, or pain in either testicle, heaviness in the scrotum, or aching in your lower abdomen, please make an appointment with your doctor right away.

Remember, the key to beating this thing is early detection. Performing testicular self-examinations are quick, painless, and vital. Make it part of your regular showering routine. If you are one of those people who just can’t remember, set yourself an alert to check once per month.

So, did you blush? Is blushing so bad if you are now equipped with information that can save your life? Think again on that statistic, one in every 250 young men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in his lifetime. Lock Haven University  has approximately 2,500 male students; this means approximately 10 of you. Which ten? Again, just a final reminder, “Don’t be a punk. Check your junk.”

Nicole Brand is a junior majoring in secondary education and can be contacted at


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