‘Movember’ focuses on men’s health: ‘I tell them I have testicular cancer, they don’t even know the word’

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – In November, WAVY-TV 10 and FOX43 are participating in “Movember”. The month raises awareness of key issues in mental health and the prevention of suicide, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

Throughout the month, we feature stories about the importance of men’s health. This week we have a story about a man’s battle with a type of cancer that many are reluctant to talk about.

Three days after his fifth operation, Camdan Turner spoke candidly about cancer.

“As far as pride is concerned, it destroys you,” he said.

The 23-year-old suffers from a type of cancer that some of his young friends laughed at.

“You know, I tell them I have testicular cancer and they don’t even know what ‘testis’ is. They don’t even know the word because they’re so used to hearing other words for the area, ”Turner told WAVY.

Testicular cancer affects about one in 250 men.

Oncologist Dr. Mark Fleming of Virginia Oncology Associates explains.

“Testicular cancer is very common in young men, so really between the ages of 18 and 40,” he said.

Fleming recommends that young men take monthly self-exams.

“It’s really how you discover one of the first symptoms, it’s usually a lump that they can feel,” he said.

Turner waited months for help after feeling a lump for the first time. He waited until he couldn’t take the pain anymore.

“No one ever said to me ‘Hey, go get checked out.’ We’ve always been taught it’s weird, you know, don’t do that, ”he said.

The disease spread from his right testicle to his stomach, leg and neck.

“The good news about testicular cancer is that it’s one of those cancers that even though the disease has spread, we can often cure men,” Fleming said.

Two years later, Turner is still fighting with her fiancé by her side. Together, they are determined to raise awareness. Turner said that one day, God willing, they will raise their own families.

“This is what we are looking forward to. This is what keeps us going, ”he said.

For more information on the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer, Click here.

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