By now, youíve heard about just-turned-19 Phil Kesselís battle with cancer (heís set to return Tuesday night against Ottawa). Hockey (including fantasy hockey) means a whole lot less in the face of something like that, doesnít it?
The kid had the world by the, well you know, only be to dealt a card weíre all terrified to hear. And at his age? Wow.
Testicular cancer sucks. And Iím pretty sure it scares the snot out of each every one of you reading this blogÖ at least each of you with a Y chromosome.
Iím not a doctor but I do have a pre-med background. I know itís hard to talk to anyone about this stuff. And even harder to go to the doctor. But a little information may save you a world of hurt. So here goes.
Take a deep breath.
Testicular cancer most often strikes men 20 to 34 years of age but itís one of the most curable cancers going. Thatís good. As with most cancers, early detection is key. And thatís where knowing your boys might just save your life.
I know you wonít be offended when I say I havenít met a man who hasnít had a close and personal relationship with his boys. So use that to your advantage. Know the feel, compare the two and pay attention to any changes. Particularly if you notice a lump, swelling or hardening Ė usually on the front or the side Ė or if thereís an unexplained dull ache or pain. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE PAIN GOES AWAY Ė get to a doctor immediately. He or she will tell you if you need any special tests.
If you want more information, I recommend the websites of the Canadian Cancer Society, American Cancer Society and your local Public Health department (in both countries). Take a look at the more detailed info on TSE (Testicular Self Examination) and try it out.
How hard can it be?
Posted by Janet Eagleson at 1/9/2007 3:33:00 PM