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Letters Testicular self examination

Increased awareness cuts time to attend

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 24 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2907
  1. Johnathan Joffe, chairperson, National Cancer Research Institute Clinical Studies Group for Testicular Cancer
  1. 1Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield HD3 3EA, UK
  1. jk.joffe{at}

Testicular cancer is unlikely to be discovered through self examination.1 Self examination does, however, increase awareness of the disease in men and their partners, lessen the stigma and fear of presentation, and ensure that most patients present with surgically curable (stage I) disease.

Most stage I patients can be managed by surveillance, with chemotherapy reserved for the small proportion …

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