Health Watch -- Healthy New Habits: Self Exams for Men

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about healthy new habits to start this year. Women hear a lot about how important it is for women to examine their breasts monthly for possible signs of cancer, but doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center say men need to examine themselves monthly, as well.

Dr. Ganesh Raj, a UT Southwestern urologist, says early detection of testicular cancer plays a key role in improving outcomes. This cancer primarily strikes young men, so men older than 14 should examine themselves every month, looking for changes such as lumps, hardness or surface irregularity. The monthly exams help men get a sense of what normal feels like so they’re more likely to notice changes earlier. Early detection has made testicular cancer a very manageable disease, so see your doctor as soon as possible if you detect something abnormal. 


January 2007

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