Why failing to check your testicles often could lead to deadly 'cannonball ... trends now

Why failing to check your testicles often could lead to deadly 'cannonball ... trends now
Why failing to check your testicles often could lead to deadly 'cannonball ... trends now

Why failing to check your testicles often could lead to deadly 'cannonball ... trends now

A simple, 10-second self-exam could make the difference between life and aggressive cancer leading to cannonball-shaped tumors in the lungs.

Testicular cancer is the leading cause of a condition doctors called 'cannonball lung' - where the disease spreads to the lungs and forms a splattering of rapidly-multiplying tumors. 

The odds of survival worsen from about 96 percent when spotted early to as low as 73 percent once the cancer has spread beyond the testicles to the lungs.

Florida-based emergency department physician Dr Sam Ghali took to Twitter to warn people of the deadly risk, after seeing the scenario in a young patient.

In a voice recording posted to the social media site, he told of a man in his 20s who went to the hospital for a persistent cough - and was found to have advanced-stage testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs.

Multiple growths appeared as cloudy blobs on the chest x-ray - a classic case of 'cannonball metastases', Dr Ghali said.

If caught early, such as through a self-exam, testicular cancer is largely treatable.

Dr Sam Ghali, a Florida-based emergency physician, discussed the case of a young male in his 20s who did not realize until it was too late that he had advanced testicular cancer, which manifested in the formation of nodules of cancer cells in the lungs shaped like cannonballs

Dr Sam Ghali, a Florida-based emergency physician, discussed the case of a young male in his 20s who did not realize until it was too late that he had advanced testicular cancer, which manifested in the formation of nodules of cancer cells in the lungs shaped like cannonballs

The survival rate when testicular cancer has stayed confined to the testicle is around 99 percent after five years. Once the cancer spreads to areas beyond the testicles to the lungs, the odds of survival after five years fall to 73 percent

The survival rate when testicular cancer has stayed confined to the testicle is around 99 percent after five years. Once the cancer spreads to areas beyond the testicles to the lungs, the odds of survival after five years fall to 73 percent

A near-perfect 99 percent of testicular cancer patients who catch it before it spreads throughout the body will survive it. That rate falls slightly to 96 percent when the cancer spreads to the lymph nodes in the back of the abdomen.

But if the cancer goes untreated and is able to spread further, it often ends up

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