Testicular cancer, or cancer of the testicles, is one of the less common cancers, usually affecting younger men between the ages of 15 and 44. The different types of testicular cancer are classified by the type of cells the cancer first begins in; the most common form of testicular cancer is known as ‘germ cell testicular cancer’. This form of cancer accounts for around 95% of all cases. Germ cells are a type of cell that the body uses to help create sperm.
There are two main subtypes of germ cell testicular cancer. They are:
- Seminomas, which account for around 40% of all germ cell testicular cancers
- Non-seminomas, which account for around 60% of all germ cell testicular cancers
Less common types of testicular cancer include:
- Leydig cell tumors, which account for around 1-3% of cases
- Sertoli cell tumors, which account for around 1% of cases
The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a painless lump or swelling in the testicles. Other symptoms can include:
- A dull ache in the scrotum (the sac of skin that hangs underneath the penis and contains the testicles)
- A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
Testicular cancer is relatively uncommon, accounting for just 1% of all cancers that occur in men. Rates of testicular cancer are five times higher in white men than in black men. The reasons for this are unclear.
The number of cases of testicular cancer that are diagnosed each year in the UK has roughly doubled since the mid-1970s. Again, the reasons for this are unclear.
Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer and over 95% of men with early stage testicular cancer will be completely cured.
Even cases of more advanced testicular cancer, where the cancer has spread outside the testicles to nearby tissue, have an 80% chance of being cured.
The cause or causes of testicular cancer are unknown, but a number of things have been identified, which may increase the chance of developing the condition. These include:
- Having a family history of testicular cancer
- Being born with undescended testicles. About 3-5% of boys are born with their testicles located inside their abdomen, which usually descend into the scrotum during the first four months of life
Cancer weakens the body’s immune system by affecting the blood cells that protect against disease. As a result, your body cannot fight infection as well as a healthy person’s body can.
It is important to take care when handling and preparing food to prevent infections that may come from food.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before you prepare food and eat.
- Keep all food preparation areas clean by wiping them hot soapy water.
- Wash fruit and vegetables as thoroughly as possible.
- Eat or throw out packaged food by the use-by date.
- When eating takeaway and restaurant food, avoid food that has been left standing for long periods and food that may have been contaminated with bacteria, e.g. salad bars, sushi, raw or uncooked meat, fish, shellfish, poultry and eggs.
- When shopping, take an insulated container for cold and frozen food.
- Don’t re-freeze food.
- Keep raw meat separate from ready-to-eat food.
- Use separate utensils and chopping boards for raw meat and vegetables.
- Ensure raw meat is not able to drip onto other foods in the fridge.
- Keep hot food hot, and make sure meat, chicken and seafood are cooked and heated right through.
- Refrigerate leftover food immediately – don’t let it cool on benchtops.
- Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator.
- Avoid eating raw egg (for example, in milk drinks).
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Certain supplements may be able to help fight the side effects patients experience from testicular cancer:
Magnesium – The fourth most abundant mineral in the body, magnesium is important for bone formation and protecting the kidneys against disease. However, it’s also used in testicular cancer patients
Quercetin – A study in the April 2005 issue of ‘British Journal of Cancer’ stated a link between high cholesterol and an increases risk of testicular cancer. Found in foods like apples and berries, quercetin improves cholesterol levels in several vitro and animal studies, although human trials were lacking. Quercetin has also exhibited an ability to affect sperm quality and viability, as noted in a study published in the “Asian Journal of Andrology” in May 2008, which could help testicular cancer patients on chemotherapy prevent infertility.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/recommends/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com
Testicular cancer check – how to check for testicular cancer www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-qkQeFsqWc
Beat testicular cancer with a juice-based diet www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmIFkubi6FA
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
The Cancer Survivor’s Companion: Practical ways to cope with your feelings after cancer, by Lucy Atkins and Dr Frances Goodhart
Nutrition for testicular cancer sufferers www.cancercouncil.com.au/2705/get-informed/nutrition-food/food-cancer/coping-with-eating-problems-taking-care-with-infections/?pp=33929
Supplements for testicular cancer www.livestrong.com/article/443490-supplements-for-testicular-cancer/
A diet for the testicular cancer patient www.everydayhealth.com/testicular-cancer/diet-for-patients.aspx
Preventing testicular cancer naturallywww.alive.com/articles/view/18248/preventing_testicular_cancer_naturally
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
judith hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.