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Ziac (Biosoprolol-Hydrochlorothiazide)

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TESTICULAR CANCER: BEATING THE YOUNG MAN’S DISEASE
When John Kruk returned to his former baseball team, the Philadelphia Phillies, after completing treatment for testicular cancer, which included removal of one gonad, he had a T-shirt made that read, “If you don’t let me play, I’m taking my ball and going home.”
It’s not every cancer you can make light of without being depressingly macabre, but upbeat outcomes are typical of testicular cancer for the simple reason that of all malignancies, male or female, it’s one of the easiest to cure. Still, that didn’t help another young professional athlete, Brian Piccolo, a running back for the Chicago’ Bears in the late 1960s. He died of the disease in 1970 at age 26, inspiring the book and movie Brians Song.
The difference between the two cases is telling. First of all, since Piccolo’s time enormous progress has been made in treating testicular cancer. “When I was a medical resident 20 years ago, the cure rate was 20 to 30 percent, and we thought we were doing pretty well,” says Michael Warren, M.D., chief of the Division of Urology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. “Now it’s 85 to 90 percent.”
Second, as Kruk’s T-shirt attests, people aren’t as squeamish about publicly discussing explicitly male problems as they were back when Piccolo died. This openness is perhaps the most crucial development because testicular cancer is virtually symptomless. That puts the burden on men—especially young men, who are most at risk—to be educated about it and actively seek to find it.
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