Testicular Cancer - Bad News for Guardsmen

#1
Testicular cancer risk 'greater' for tall men


The risk goes up the taller the man

Taller men may have a higher risk of getting testicular cancer, say experts in the United States.

After looking at data on more than 10,000 men, researchers found that for every extra two inches or 5cm in height above average, the risk went up by 13%.
But experts stressed the lifetime risk of developing this cancer is low - one in 210 for men in the UK.

So even for men exceeding the average height of British men (5ft 9ins), the risk would remain relatively small.

And the National Cancer Institute researchers still do not understand how increased height raises a man's risk of testicular cancer.

Other factors, like family history, carry more of a risk, they told the British Journal of Cancer.

Fewer than 2,000 new cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK, accounting for just 1% of male cancers.

Height link

The data the US team analysed came from 13 different studies investigating testicular cancer.

All of these studies, spanning the last decade, included both figures on the cancer's incidence and height records of the men involved.

Dr Michael Blaise Cook and his team looked at the data to see if cancer risk might tally with height and weight measurements.

They found no link between body weight and the cancer but a trend emerged with height, with taller men at increased risk of testicular cancer.

Sara Hiom, director of health information at Cancer Research UK, said: "Tall men should not be alarmed by this research since fewer than four in 100 testicular lumps are actually cancerous.

"But it is still important for men to be aware of any changes to the size and weight of their testicles and not delay seeing their GP if they are concerned. This is particularly true for young men as the disease is more common with under-35 year olds.

"The outlook for testicular cancer is also one of the best for all cancers - even after the disease has spread, patients can be cured."


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Arsse - I'm 6'6" and my Father died of cancer...
 
#2
Bollocks, so if it's a 13% increase in risk for every 2 inches above the average of 5'9" that puts me on 71.5% :sad:

Oh hang on.........

This is particularly true for young men as the disease is more common with under-35 year olds.
Phew, I'm safe. ^_~
 
#3
I know a guy who lost both bollocks to the Big C at 23 years old. Check your nuts regular! He was lucky, if he'd left it, he'd be worm food now
 
#4
Bollocks, so if it's a 13% increase in risk for every 2 inches above the average of 5'9" that puts me on 71.5% :sad:

Oh hang on.........



Phew, I'm safe. ^_~
most of the welsh are safe, sodding inbred dwarves
but upstanding caer efroggian halfbreeds like miissen have an extra 39% chance
arrse!
 
#5
Do they mention how the lumps were discovered? I'm sure there's ooodles of research out there about women going for tall blokes, pro basketball players, rowers blah blah blah so MAYBE, just maybe......they get more sex/women fiddling with their danglies/pod-sucking etc so the lumps are more likely to be discovered! I have a severe mistrust of statistics!
 
#6
From the Bupa website:

Symptoms of testicular cancer

The most common symptom of testicular cancer is swelling or a hard, pea-sized lump on one testicle. Other symptoms include:

a pulling sensation or feeling of unusual heaviness in the scrotum
a dull ache in the groin or lower abdomen
pain or discomfort (which may come and go) in the testicle or scrotum
collection of fluid in the scrotum (called a hydrocele)
feeling unwell and tired
Very rarely, if the cancer is at a later stage, symptoms can include breast tenderness, back pain, shortness of breath and coughing up blood.

These symptoms don't always mean you have testicular cancer, but see your doctor if you're concerned.
 
#7
Bollocks, so if it's a 13% increase in risk for every 2 inches above the average of 5'9" that puts me on 71.5% :sad:
Please note this is a 13% increase in the ~0.5% basal risk level so your risk goes up to 0.85% or 1 in 120 [roughly].
 
#8
Odds are stacked against Peter Crouch then
 
#9
No, love. I'm not having a Sherman, I'm carrying out a risk assessment.

Honest.
 
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#10
Guardsmen should be ok then. I spent half my time in Chelsea barracks lying on my pit fiddling with my nuts as well as seeing how many 20p coins I could fit in my foreskin.
 
#13
Well i'm not checking my testicles.......................................................it's just too far to go back to Afghanistan!
 
#16
Well i'm not checking my testicles.......................................................it's just too far to go back to Afghanistan!
I suspect the big C is the least of your worries! :-D
 
#17
I'm 6'5" on the downside but on the upside I'm 48 and dying of something else!
 
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