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New Zealand is launching the world’s first “auto ball checker” allowing men, embarrassed to go to a medical provider, to have their testicles screened in a convenient and private fashion.
Testimatic is a booth which houses a medical provider unseen by the “patient”. One who wishes to get a “screen” for testicular cancer can step up, close the curtain and drop their pants. There is an opening in the booth for the medical provider’s hands to then provide an exam.
The exam lasts approximately 30 seconds, and users find it favorable as there is no “awkward eye contact.”
Although currently being rolled out at an expo in Auckland, if successful, we could see Testimatic or a “doc in a box” concept spread globally.
Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer to affect young men, aged 15-44.
Yet the USPSTF has reviewed the eveidence for screening for testicular cancer and has recommended AGAINST routine screening.
However, many medical providers still urge young men to do self testicular checks monthly.
Symptoms of testicular cancer may include any of the following:
- Testicular lump
- Testicular pain or heaviness
- Testicular swelling
- Numbness or tingling in the area of the testicle
- Breast swelling
- Back pain
- Abdominal or groin pain
- and more
The earlier testicular cancer is found, the higher the survival rate. This year, cancer.net predicts 9,310 men will be diangosed with testicualr cancer in the US.
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.
She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada