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Testicular CANCER UK
RUN BY dedicated and PASSIONate survivors from the uk
Testicular cancer has survival rates of over 95%
Although men of all ages can get testicular cancer it's mostly younger men, the average age is 28. Still classed as a rare cancer it is on the increase in the UK and unfortunately is mostly younger men who are too shy to go to the doctor or even check their own testicles that are at most risk from long term treatments . If found early testicular cancer is almost always treated with just removing the testicle.
TCUK is based in the UK established in 2003 and is run by passionate survivors who raise awareness and man a support group and phone line. This website is full of information you might need and also you can contact us for a chat if needed.
Testicular cancer support group
Testicular cancer films
testicular cancer and mental health
Being told you have testicular cancer can stop life in its tracks and most men when they are told they have testicular cancer will agree that for a good while after you feel numb and all of a sudden mortal. Cancer happens to other people and surely I am too young to have cancer? ( testicular cancers average age is 35).
Thinking "I'm going to die" is a normal reaction
Men also feel that life has stopped and felt that the normal daily routine just flys past because you are thinking "cancer" from the minute you wake until the minute you get back to sleep at night.
what could be causing testicular cancer
Testicular cancer and Ovarian are both Germ cell type cancer. Recent research is pointing towards under development of testicles in the womb and at birth. Althought there is no clear evidence, men with low birth weight and possibly born premature and indeed have undecended testicles at birth are shown to have a slight increase in developing testicular cancer.
One possible therory, yes we all start in the womb as female embryos ( which is why we both male and female have breasts) and during the pregnancy we turn in to males and what could either be ovaries or testicles start to develop in to testicles. This stage of the pregnancy could be happening later in the cycle so testicles are not properly formed when we are born. In twin males the second born is also at a slight risk in of testicular cancer, this is possibly due to due to slightly undeveloped testicles .
The sperm count in the UK is lowering and an alarming rate, but also a women's chance of having fully developed egg bearing ovaries is being effected too.
An increase in the female hormone Oestrogen in the environment could be increasing the risk or causing smaller testicles and also ovaries over the last 40 years.
Testicular cancer and hormones
Campaigning for survivors since 2004
Some men who've had Testicular cancer can suffer from Testosterone deficiency
Unfortunately before they remove the testicle they don't test your hormones to see what your levels are and how your testicle is working and what your body is used to getting level wise before it goes. We have and we are trying to get this changed and have been for a very long time.
Testicles produce Testosterone and to remove one can effect your testosterone levels for the rest of your life and without a full hormone check before they don't know what levels YOU need and what your body was used to. Let's now forget most men who have testicular cancer are young in age and to loose a certain amount of natural testosterone with in weeks of being diagnosed with testicular cancer can lead to deficiency .
After cancer for a while especially if you have had the BEP or EP chemo regimen you will feel tired and a bit low and thats normal but some men recover to feel them selves after a period .
Whats important when it comes to testosterone is how you feel. If you feel fine after Testicular cancer then thats great and probably don't need to thing about it. Not all survivors need treatment
Its important to remember that symptoms of low testo CAN be side effects of chemotherapy so if you still feel these symptoms 6 to 12 months after it could be low testosterone
Testicular cancer Network
Testicular cancer awareness talks
We do a BRILLIANT testicular and male cancer online talks via zoom of face to face at schools or work places
They are funny and easy to watch BUT everyone will learn a great deal about the symptoms of cancer
hosted by Phil Morris MBE