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As a teen, should I worry about testicular cancer?

Yes. Testicular cancer occurs in men of all ages, but is the most common cancer among men aged 15-34. By checking your testicles frequently, you will be the first person to notice any changes that may take place. If you have a family history of testicular cancer, you should ask your doctor about starting your monthly self-checks and doctor visits at 15 years or even earlier. Here's a guide that will help you learn how to touch your testicles http://selfchec.org/main/self-checks/cancers/testicular-cancer/. It will help you get over the embarrassment you might initially feel. 
Ellen Rome, MD
Pediatrics
Testicular cancer is more common in teens than you might think. In this video, Drs. Roizen, Rome, and Oz discuss what to look and feel for when self-examining your testicles.


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