How Much Do Men Really Know About the Diagnosis and Treatment of Testicular Cancer?
CACTI polled over 1,000 men, ages 18 – 45 to find out what they knew about the diagnosis and available treatments for testicular cancer, the most prevalent cancer found in men in this age range. We wanted to see if men were aware how easily a self-exam can lead to an early diagnosis of testicular cancer. How curable the disease is when it’s caught early and how comfortable they were talking to their health professionals and lovers about the topic. One of the survey’s most surprising observations was how few men perform regular preventative self-exams or even know what to look for when they do. The survey was executed through the Survey Monkey tool, polling over 1,000 men ages 18-45.
Here are the most compelling findings, along with a more detailed analysis below:
- Nearly half of those surveyed do not perform self-exams.
- More than 63 percent of men surveyed were not aware that testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men ages 15-44.
- More than 1-in-3 of all men polled have never been told about the importance of a monthly self-exam.
Importance of Regular Self-Exams
- 34 percent reported never giving themselves a self-exam for testicular cancer because they wouldn’t know how to perform one.
- Nearly 30 percent reported never being informed that self-exams were necessary and important.
- 17 percent reported knowing it was important but didn’t know how to administer one.
- Nearly 2/3rds would check themselves regularly if the importance of self-exams had been made more clear to them.
About Testicular Cancer:
- 63 percent reported not knowing how many people get testicular cancer every year and don’t think it’s a common form of cancer – even though it’s the most common cancer found in men 18-44.
- Nearly half know testicular cancer is curable, with another 45 percent realizing its most curable when detected early.
- That said, nearly 80 percent feared testicular cancer might kill them and a quarter of them felt treatment would lead them impotent.
Causes of Testicular Cancer:
- While 80 percent realized there’s a genetic component behind getting testicular cancer, 40 percent still believe they can get testicular cancer from things like wearing tight underwear, taking a spin class, or having too much sex.
- Nearly 25 percent felt a prior sports injury could lead to the disease.
To view all the results, download the CACTI survey (PDF) here.