Testicular cancer is extremely common. In fact, it is the most common type of cancer in men ages 15-39, is as prevalent in young men as breast cancer is in young women, with nearly half of all cases occurring in men ages 20 to 34. If caught early, survival rates are high. If not, it can quickly spread to other areas of the body such as the spine or lungs. As it occurs in the testicles, signs are often ignored or undiscussed. While conversations about testicular cancer are starting to become more and more common, the volume on those conversations needs to be raised considerably.
Rocco Buccheri understands this better than most. A two-time testicular cancer survivor, he knows how lucky he is to be alive — and how important it is to be both vigilant in checking your testicles for abnormalities and quick in the way you respond to the warning signs. Now, a father of three and Treasurer of the Testicular Cancer Society, Rocco works to spread awareness of the disease. He was happy to tell us his story — and urge men to speak up when concerns arise.