The Necessity of “Feeling Your Fruit”

Cancer can happen to anyone. That is why it is important for men and women to perform regular self-examinations to check for lumps and bumps associated with testicular and breast cancer. Follow these steps when giving self-examinations:

Testicular Cancer Self-Exams

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Did you know that the most common age for men to get testicular cancer is between 20 and 34?

College men are approaching that age group and it is important to know how to check for testicular cancer. The easiest way for you to check for testicular cancer is by performing a self-examination. Here are the steps:

  • Step 1: Grasp one of your testicles with your thumb and your fingers.
  • Step 2: Gently roll your testicle between your fingers and check for abnormalities.
    • Look for any change in shape, size, hard lumps, or anything unusual.
    • Step 3:  Do the same for your other testicle.

If you feel anything out of the ordinary during this exam, contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY! It is true that testicular cancer is the most common cancer for this age group, but it is also very treatable. Doctors use a testicular ultrasound, blood tests, and imaging exams to test for testicular cancer.

Breast Cancer Exams

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Ladies, we all know how dangerous breast cancer is and the large number of people that are affected by it. Routine check-ups for breast cancer do not come into play until later in life. It is for that reason that self-examinations are so important. Early detection is critical when it comes to breast cancer as it impacts survival rate. Here are the steps for performing a self-examination:

  • Step 1: Lie down on your back with your arm behind your head.
    •  It is important to perform this test while lying down because the breast tissue  spreads as evenly as possible, making the breast as thin as it can be.
    • Step 2: Take your three middle fingers of your left hand and place them on your right breast.
    • Step 3: Move your fingers in a circular motion across your breast feeling for any lumps or abnormalities.
      • Be sure to apply three levels of pressure: low, medium, and high.
      • Step 4: Move your breast in an up and down pattern checking from the collarbone to the ribs.
      • Step 5: Repeat this process for your left breast.

If you feel any lumps or abnormalities be sure to contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY! Again, early detection is vital for survival. Doctors may choose to perform are: mammograms (routine after the age of 40) or clinical breast exams to check for cancer.

We may be college students, but risks for breast and testicular cancer are still out there. So remember to “feel your fruit” and be conscious of any kind of changes you may experience.

Written by Andrew Ramirez, Peer Educator

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