At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 203
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WORDS: KIA HANSEN, IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES, SHUTTERSTOCK
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer
in men between the ages of 29 and 45. Around
2,300 men are newly diagnosed with the
condition every year in the UK, which is around six
men a day. It is more common in young men, with
eight of 10 cases diagnosed in men under 50.*
Testicular cancers, also known as germ cell
tumours (GCTs), occur when the germ cells that
produce sperm grow out of control. The most
common symptom is a lump or swelling in the
testicle, which may be as small as a pea or much
larger. Some men also experience pain in the
testicles, or the feeeling of a heavy scrotum.
Get the men in your life to check themselves
regularly or, if you're on imtimate terms, your
man probably wouldn't object to you having a
little feel around, either!
If you ﬁnd a lump, your GP will recommend
blood tests and scans to detect cancer. If it
is found, then the testicle will be removed to
prevent it spreading.
There has been a massive surge in cases of
testicular cancer since the 1970s: incidence rates
have risen by an incredible 90%. On a positive
note, 98% of men who are diagnosed with earlystage testicular cancer will be completely cured.*
This proves that the earlier the cancer is
picked up, the easier it is to treat, and the more
likely the treatment is to be successful, so get
times a man will
ejaculate in his
A BIG DEAL
Many men are preoccupied with the
size of their penis, fearing that they
may fall short of the average.
Professor Kevan Wylie, a sexual
medicine consultant from the University
of Sheﬃeld, carried out a review of
50 studies that had measured a total
of 11,531 penises.
The average size when erect was
found to be 15cm (just under 6in),
while the average girth was 12cm. It
is only considered 'small' if it is less
than 7cm (2.5 inches) when erect.
However, research in the British
Journal of Urology International shows
85% of women are happy with the size
of their man's penis, so it would seem
their concern is unnecessary.
increase more in
length than longer
ones when they
get hard. Research
of 2,770 men found
that shorter penises
increased by 86%
when erect, nearly
twice that of longer
WHILE THE HEAD OF
THE PENIS IS THE MOST
SENSITIVE, THE SOFT
AREA ON ITS UNDERSIDE,
CALLED THE FRENULUM,
CONTAINS THE GREATEST
NERVE ENDINGS. A FIRM
TOUCH IN THE AREA
IS VERY PLEASURABLE
When erect, men's penises are not always
straight. A slight bend is normal, but anything
more could be a sign of Peyronie's disease, a
condition in which scar tissue, called plaque,
forms inside the penis.
Most men with Peyronie's disease can still
have sex. But for some, it's diﬃcult or painful.
Doctors don't know exactly why this happens.
Many researchers believe the plaque can start
after trauma (hitting or bending) that causes
bleeding inside the penis. You might not notice
the injury or trauma.
Other cases, which develop over time,
may be linked to genes. In some men, injury
and genes could both be involved. Although it
mostly happens in middle-aged men, younger
and older men can get it.
Dr Christian says: 'This may simply be how
you were born and the way it has always been.
In which case, there is no need to worry.
'Some sex experts claim that curved penises
are far more comfortable for partners during
penetration than very straight ones.
'However if your penis has developed a bend
more recently, then this is worth getting checked
out by your doctor,' says Dr Christian.
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SOURCE: * CANCER RESEARCH UK
CAN I HAVE MY
when men don't
at the point of
it goes in to his
means when he
goes to the loo
after sex, his
urine may look
cloudy. The NHS
says it isn't a
health risk, but
sufferers it can
affect the ability
to have a child.