Wednesday, September 4 2013, 03:43 PM MDT
By: Carla Pruitt
(KUTV) Doctors say cases of testicular cancer are on the rise here in Utah. And the question they don’t know is: why? Testicular cancer is very common in young men. Chris Rawlings was just 21-years-old when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Rawlings was serving a mission in New Mexico when doctors discovered the tumor. “It was a hard time. A little hard to adjust to everything after being pulled out of one life and being brought back to reality and having to face something I never really planned on facing. It was quite a whirlwind.”
Chris was sent home from his mission. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy. Doctors caught the cancer early, but the experience, Chris says, was hard emotionally and physically. “I was trying to be Mr. Macho and try to make it seem like it wasn’t bother me. But eventually I just burst.”
Doctors say testicular cancer is a difficult cancer to understand. The reason is because there are no real risk factors for the cancer. Men between the ages of 18-to-44 are at higher risk. Doctor Jay Bishoff is the Director of Urology at Intermountain Medical Center. He says it is important that men do self-examinations at least once a month. “If you feel something abnormal, then it needs to be evaluated.
Doctor Bishoff says there is evidence that men who smoke marijuana are at an increased risk for developing testicular cancer.
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