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WORCESTERSHIRE BATSMAN TOM FELL UNDERGOES SURGERY
Worcestershire batsman Tom Fell hopes that his experience of being diagnosed with testicular cancer will encourage others who think they have the symptoms to visit a doctor.
Fell, 22, has been given the green light to resume playing after he underwent surgery in mid-October.
Fell opted not to undergo chemotherapy and instead will have regular check-ups including when Down Under – after being told he has a 65% chance of remaining all clear.
But the former Oakham School pupil is keen to promote awareness in the cancer after admitting he should have gone for a check-up a lot sooner after a change in the condition of his left testicle.
"I was quite lucky. I was fairly stupid in the fact I didn't get it checked straight away. When they did analyse the tumour, it was fairly big at the stage they operated,” Fell said.
"I think if I had left it any longer and had gone to Australia to play cricket this winter without being checked, who knows how bad it could have been.
"Because I felt no different, that is why I didn't bother to get it checked sooner than I did.
"The thing I want to get out there to people is, even if they don't really have any concerns, it is worth getting it checked.
"It is such an easy thing to do, it takes 10 minutes with the doctor. I think partly the reason people don't get it checked is because it is quite a sensitive area and people may feel embarrassed and don't want to go through it.
"But it is such an easy thing to get checked and can make all the difference. That is something I am very keen to promote."
Testicular cancer primarily affects younger men and is the most common form of cancer in men aged between 15 and 44 but is still quite rare, with only around 2,000 new cases a year in the UK.
Thanks to advances made at the Everyman Centre, testicular cancer is, with treatment, 97% curable. And that figure rises to 99% curable if it's caught in the early stages.
Testicular cancer develops from within the cells in the testes and usually presents itself as a lump in the testicle. Regular self-examination will help you become more aware of the normal feel and size of your testicles so that any abnormalities can be spotted early.
• A lump in either testicle
• Any enlargement of the testicle
• A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
• A dull ache in the abdomen or groin
• A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
• Growth or tenderness of the upper chest
If you do have any of these symptoms, don't just wait and hope that they disappear – go and get checked out by your doctor. Most lumps are not cancerous but the earlier you find out, the earlier you can get any necessary treatment.
And remember – if caught early, testicular cancer is 99% curable.