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30 October 2017
One in ten men reports discomfort when wearing skinny jeans. Is there a clear link between this experience and the occurrence of testicular cancer?
Skinny jeans – now no longer just a woman’s fashion statement. A closet staple for lead singers of rock bands, Kpop artists and even your hipster neighbour, skinny jeans make you look stylish and neat. However, are there downsides to wearing skinny jeans, especially for men? Does the tightness of the apparel cause pain and discomfort near the groin, and will this develop into something more serious?
Testicular cancer affects males of all ages, from infants to elderly men, but mostly affects males aged 15-34 years old. If detected early, it can be treated and usually cured.
First things first: As it is an external organ, your testicles are more accustomed to being at a cooler temperature compared to the rest of your body. Constraining your testicles too tightly in too-small briefs or too-tight pants may cause severe discomfort, especially over a prolonged period.
In fact, one in ten men have experienced unpleasantness while wearing skinny jeans – and almost half of them have had groin discomfort. Skinny jeans generally limit the mobility of your hip joint and movement, which may negatively affect your spine.
Over time, prolonged wearing may also cause:
The answer is: No, there is no adequate scientific proof to link skinny jeans and cancer.
Doctors worldwide still link tight jeans to infertility and testicle damage. A study by the fertility research centre of Universities of Manchester and Sheffield discovered that wearing tight briefs does affect the count of healthy sperm, versus wearers of loose boxer shorts.
While there is no solid link between skinny jeans and testicular cancer, science has proven some known risk factors for the reproductive organ cancer. For example, men born with undescended testicles are more prone to develop testicular cancer. It is also hereditary: if one’s father or brother has had the illness; he stands a higher chance of developing it too.
To understand this type of cancer, it helps to be familiar with the structure and function of the testicles. In adult males, a testicle is slightly smaller than the size of a golf ball. Each testicle is confined within a bag-like skin structure called the scrotum.
To do a self-check, hold the testicle between your thumbs and fingers, rolling it gently. Look out for any hard lumps, smooth rounded bumps or change in the size, shape or consistency of the testicles.
Other signs to look out for during a self-check are:
If any signs are present, set up an appointment with your doctor or specialist for a proper medical check-up and diagnosis.
There are two treatments for testicular cancer, depending on the type and level of growth.
Testicular cancer is not unavoidable but curable when detected early. Here are some things you can do to lower the risk of getting testicular cancer:
Early detection is key, the age-old adage remains true - the earlier the diagnosis, the better the result.
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