Test on the 10th
“Test on the 10th” is Pi Kappa Phi’s campaign to promote awareness of testicular cancer. Designed to foster proactive behavior among our members, “Test on the 10th” educates members about the disease, encourages members to perform monthly self-examinations on the 10th of each month and inspires members to spread awareness about testicular cancer.
Who’s at risk?
More than 8,500 men in the United States will be diagnosed with testicular cancer this year. It is most frequently diagnosed in men in their 20s and 30s. In fact, testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer for men between the ages of 15 and 34. It is the second most common type of cancer for men ages 35 to 39 and the third most common for boys ages 15 to 19.
What are the symptoms?
Testicular cancer usually presents itself in the form of a lump, but other symptoms can include the enlargement of a testicle, a sudden collection of fluid or a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum or a dull ache in the abdomen or groin. If you notice any of these symptoms or anything else unusual, contact your doctor immediately. If left untreated, the disease can spread through the lymph nodes to the lungs, brain, liver and bones in as little as four months and is potentially fatal. However, when detected early, survival rates are as high as 95 percent.
What is the best defense?
Early detection is the best defense. Detecting testicular cancer in an early stage greatly increases your chances of surviving it. This is why it is so important to perform regular self-examinations.
For more information about “Test on the 10th” or to request campaign resources, contact Director of Member Development Dylan McKenzie.