After recovering from testicular cancer, one of the most curable of all cancers, Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France, the most famous endurance sport in the world -- seven times!

The rate of testicular cancer has increased more than 50 percent in the last 20 years, occurring most commonly in white men between the ages of 30 and 35. You are at increased risk if you have family history of this cancer, had testicles that did not drop from your belly into your scrotum by the first year of life, have HIV, are exposed frequently to high temperatures, eat a high-fat diet or your mother took hormones while she was pregnant with you.

Every man should check his testicles regularly. Check with your doctor if you feel a hard, painless lump attached to the testicles, testicules that appear to be growing larger or a swelling of your scrotum. Testicles start inside a man infant's belly, but drop into the scrotum in the first year of life because they are damaged by the normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees F. If they do not drop into the scrotum by age two, they should be placed there by surgeons usually before age five.

AJ Sigurdson, S Chang, JF Annegers, CM Duphorne, PC Pillow, RJ Amato, LP Hutchinson, AM Sweeney, SS Strom. A case-control study of diet and testicular carcinoma.Nutrition and Cancer - an International Journal, 1999, Vol 34, Iss 1, pp 20-26.

Checked 8/9/05

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