Do You Want Your Mom In or Out?-School Physicals and Testicle Checks

18 Jul


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It’s that time of year again…time for the influx of students needing physical exams for their school sports.  The old picture in your mind you have of the doctor asking you to turn your head and cough has been replaced, in my mind, as an opportunity to screen young males and teach them to screen for testicular cancer.

This is from the Testicular Cancer Foundation website:

“Testicular cancer is the #1 cancer in men ages 15-35. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that it is one of the most treatable and survivable types of cancer.When detected early, 99% percent of guys diagnosed with testicular cancer survive it, and go on to lead normal, active lives.[1]

The best way for men to be proactive is to do a monthly self-exam of their testicles to check for lumps, hardness or swelling. It’s easy to do in the shower.  Click here to find out how.

[1] National Cancer Institute, 2006.″

So, get your son to his doctor for his physical and insist on a testicular exam if not provided (especially if he is over 15).

How to help prepare your son:

1) Warn him that the exam will happen.  Nothing is worse than surprises.

2) Tell him in advance that you will leave during that part of the exam if he desires.

3) Normalize it by telling him that all his friends will have to have it done also this year.

If you prepare your son early, it will be a lot less uncomfortable than if you surprise him at the last second.  Having the exam done could save his life!

One Response to “Do You Want Your Mom In or Out?-School Physicals and Testicle Checks”

  1. Jim Higley July 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Justin – thanks for the shoutout of our cause! Please drop me an email at I’d love to send you some shower cards for your patients. Jim Higley, Executive Director, Testicular Cancer Foundation.

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