regular self testicular and/or breast examinations
May 20, 2002
Dear Dr. Young. I have very often read what You counsel about performing regular self testicular and/or breast examinations; What they are and how can we do it. Thank You from Europe
Response from Dr. Young
What I was referring to was doing monthly breast and testicular (if appropriate) examinations-- women have been long advised here in the States to examine their breasts monthly for lumps or masses; a similar, though less publicized message is for men to do the same for their testicles. The goal here is early detection and treatment for the two of the most common types of cancers in young persons (not to imply that they are more common among those with HIV).
There are several techniques; mostly were talking about examining the breast and/or testicle for unusual enlargments or painful lesions. Anything that is different or new should prompt medical attention.
The majority of HIV infected persons see their healthcare provider several times per year; it is not common, however, for these persons to receive a routine (medically trained) examination of the breast or testicle with each visit. Hence, the best defense is early, self-detection.
Good to hear that the forum reaches Europe. From Colorado, USA, BY
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