Testicular Cancer and Uninsured

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Testicular cancer forms in a man’s testicles, the two egg-shaped glands that produce sperm and testosterone. Testicular cancer mainly affects young men between the ages of 20 and 39. It is also more common in men who 
  • Have had abnormal testicle development
  • Have had an undescended testicle
  • Have a family history of the cancer

Symptoms include pain, swelling or lumps in your testicles or groin area. Most cases can be treated, especially if it is found early. Treatment options include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. Regular exams after treatment are important. Treatments may also cause infertility. If you may want children later on, you should consider sperm banking before treatment. More information MedlinePlus

Second,  We have just found out my 19 year old son has Testicular Cancer.  It is heart breaking to hear that your child has any type of cancer. The sad part is that as a mother I’ve always try to prepare my sons for their adult life but I knew nothing about a man checking for testicular cancer. Now I feel the need to spread the information that we have learned.

Third: Teach your sons about doing testicular cancer self examination just like you would teach your daughters about breast cancer examinations. I know what you are thinking “Oh my goodness how am I going to talk to my sons about that!” You can do it….have faith in your self. If  you can talk to them about sex, condoms, AIDS, etc. you can do this. However if you find that you can’t there’s a light at the end of the tunnel…….your husband, your brother, your dad, and if all else fells there’s the doctor.

Learn as much as you can about it before you start and here is the starting point.

Testicular self-examination: A monthly procedure for detecting the early signs of testicular cancer. Men should check the testes visually for new swelling or other changes on the skin of the scrotum, roll each testicle between thumb and fingers to detect internal growths, and check the cord (epididymis) on the top and back of each testicle for growths. A warm bath or shower will relax the scrotum, making examination easier. Early detection of testicular cancer greatly improves the likelihood of successful treatment.

 Click here to learn more  emedicinehealth


Fourth Paying for the health care while uninsured. Now that he is 19 and living on his own he is no longer on our insurance. To top it off he lost his job a month ago. So now what? Well we called Medicaid to find out if he could get help paying for his surgery. NO was the answer that we received from the GOVERMENT HEALTH CARE  that should be there in a time of need right. Come to find out if he was a female at 19 with cervical cancer medicaid would help….is that legal? If  he had a child of his own and unemployed he could get help from Medicaid. At 19 I’m glad he don’t have a child of his own. Now I ask you what good is it for all of us to pay all these taxes then when you need help the government isn’t there with health care we ALREADY HAVE  .

   I hate to rant on but this just kills me. President Obama wants to start a new health care program that is going to coast billions in tax payer’s money when we have health care programs that we are already paying for that could be fixed. Take Medicaid for instance if they set it up so that people (adults) with low income could pay a small amount a month and people without income could be on it for a limited amount of time without paying any thing. It would be like All Kids in Alabama, families with low income pay $100.00 a year for health insurance. It’s so easy do to so WHY would it take billions to start a new one!?

   OK now that I got that out of my system I’ll keep posting as we learn more. My son is blogging on this fork in his life so maybe you could check it out and leave him a note.  click here saveroflife


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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. You obviously don’t understnd that obamacare is intended to provide healthcare to people like your son.

  2. What a useful post here. Very informative for me..TQ friends…

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