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Testicular self-examination: change in rates of practice in European university students, from 13 countries, over a 10-year period

Evans, REC; Steptoe, A; Wardle, J; (2006) Testicular self-examination: change in rates of practice in European university students, from 13 countries, over a 10-year period. Journal of Men's Health and Gender , 3 (4) pp. 368-372. 10.1016/j.jmhg.2006.08.005.

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Abstract

Background: The objective of this study was to compare testicular self-examination (TSE) practice in 13 European countries over a 10-year period. Testicular cancer predominantly affects young men. It is rare but on the increase and is most common in Caucasian ethnic groups living in industrialised nations, particularly northern Europe. Stage and prognosis are related to early diagnosis and TSE has been advocated to help achieve this. Over the last 15 years there have been efforts to increase disease awareness and self-examination practice. Recent reductions in patients' delay in seeking help have been attributed to the success of this education, although no evidence has been available to substantiate this claim. Methods: Data from two successive international surveys in male student populations in Europe (n = 4322, n = 4358) carried out in 1990 and 2000, respectively, are described. Results: Although TSE practice rates are low, there have been significant increases over this 10-year period. Conclusions: Increased TSE may reflect greater awareness of testicular cancer and could contribute to more timely help-seeking. Crown Copyright © 2006.

Type: Article
Title: Testicular self-examination: change in rates of practice in European university students, from 13 countries, over a 10-year period
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmhg.2006.08.005
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Behavioural Science and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/111691
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