If you missed the articles about prostate and testicular cancers published in the lead-up to this year’s awesome Daredevil Run, read on for a short reminder about the symptoms that men and boys should look out for…

Firstly, remember to join the Daredevil Run next year…

It goes without saying that the Daredevil Run is always an occasion on which guys have an absolute jol while raising awareness of prostate and testicular cancers.

This year, a whopping 3 970 men and boys registered for the event, and over 300 PSA blood tests were completed. This is top-notch, guys – well done to all.

If you missed this year’s run, remember that next year (2020) is a biggie – it’s the 10th Hollard Daredevil Run.

And don’t be intimidated by the thought of jamming those jewels into a Speedo and hitting the tarmac wearing nothing but shoes and a swimming costume.

It takes boytjies of all shapes and sizes to run cancer straight outta town.

Without our brave Jozi gents there’d be no event, and without the event there’d be no fundraising for the Hollard MANVan – a compact mobile clinic that can access far-off venues to provide education, awareness, PSA blood tests, and so much more.

The men and boys who dared to get out there for a great cause. Read more about the event at Zoo Lake here.

How to spot testicular and prostate cancer

Time is always in short supply, so here’s a quick reminder about the symptoms that men and boys should look out for.

Testicular cancer

If caught early, the prognosis for testicular cancer is really positive. For example, in developed nations, the five-year post-diagnosis survival rate is close to 95%, and if the disease hasn’t metastasised at the time of diagnosis, the survival rate only increases.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Lumps and nodules (smooth, rounded masses) in one or both of the testes
  • The lump/nodule may present with pain or without pain
  • A swollen testis
  • A sensation often described as “heaviness” in the scrotum
  • Pain in the scrotum and/or lower abdomen
  • Pain in the lower back resulting from the cancer spreading to lymph nodes
  • Changes in the voice and facial and body hair in young boys
  • An enlargement of the breast tissue

How to complete a self-examination:

  • The preferred time for self-examination is after a warm bath or shower. This ensures that the testes haven’t ascended to regulate their temperature
  • Examine each testicle separately
  • Use both hands to roll the testicle gently between the thumbs and fingers
  • Feel for lumps, nodules, swelling or any other change in the testicles

Prostate cancer

Black South African men and men with a positive family history of breast or prostate cancer should consider screening from the age of 40. Men from all other ethnic groups and should consider screening from the age of 45.

Prostate cancer, like testicular cancer, has a very encouraging five-year post-diagnosis survival rate if caught early enough. Unfortunately, if the cancer has metastasised to distant parts of the body, the five-year post-diagnosis survival rate drops from almost 100% (in developed nations) to about 29%.

One of the big problems with prostate cancer is that in the early stages of the disease, there may be no presentation of symptoms at all – which is why regular and comprehensive screening is vital.

Screening is done with both a PSA blood test and a quick-n-easy digital rectal exam. If symptoms do present, they may include the following:

  • Difficulty urinating (weak or hesitant urination)
  • Frequent night urination
  • Sudden, urgent need to urinate
  • Breaks in the urination stream (start and stop cycles)
  • Pain in the groin, abdomen and/or lower back
  • Pain and/or discomfort in the penis or testicles
  • Painful ejaculations
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased urinary stream
  • Blood in semen
  • Blood in urine
  • Raised Prostate-Specific Antigen levels
  • Bone pain

David is a prostate cancer survivor. Read his story here.

Being aware of testicular and prostate cancer is the first step towards early detection, and early detection could save your – or a loved one’s – life. So, what’s the bottom line? Simply put, don’t be afraid to speak to your doctor about cancer, and get yourself checked.

See you at the 2020 Hollard Daredevil Run!

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