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Male reproductive cancer: Men can get this type of cancer too

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In an effort to make men more aware of the dangers of cancers in the male reproductive organs, has just published a new infographic. In comparison to women, men are not as prone to check their reproductive organs regularly for irregularities.

Penis checks are just not a subject that comes up much at the local sports bar unless it is part of a joke. However, it is no joke. Male reproductive organs are just as susceptible to cancer as female reproductive organs, especially as you get older.

Important organs, such as your testes, penis and prostate should be carefully monitored and maintained. Failure to do so can start the clock on a ticking time bomb that may lead to relentless discomfort, severe pain and possibly death.

The infographic pictorially addresses how important it is to be aware of our internal mechanisms for reproduction and gauge how well they are performing – think of your penis as a blood-flow barometer. Just like the motor in your car, your body needs adequate circulation and you have to check the dipstick regularly as the vehicle gets older.

Penile cancer accounts for about 1% of cancers in men in the United States, which is only one man in 100,000 but it could happen to you. Unfortunately, prostate cancer is much more common. Located in front of the rectum, directly below the bladder, the prostate is a gland that surrounds the urethra. It is an important part of the male reproductive system.

A healthy prostate, as the infographic illustrates, is about the size of a walnut. A very serious disease, one in six men is diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the United States – one in thirty-six will die. Fortunately, if caught in time, the survival rate is much greater. Properly treated, over 2.5 million men survive prostate cancer annually.

Testicular cancer is just as prevalent as cancer of the penis but 85% of men in the United States do not check their testicles for cancer. Just as a woman would routinely check her breasts, both parts of your manhood should be checked for small abnormal lumps. Early detection is the key to survival, so make it a routine. If you suspect a tumor, seek medical help right away.

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