Boy, six, is diagnosed with testicular cancer

Mail Online | 8/21/2019 | Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline
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A six-year-old boy is fighting testicular cancer after his mother noticed one of his testicles was bigger than the other in the bath.

Jake Barksby is thought to be one of the youngest patients with the disease in Britain - only eight children under nine are diagnosed each year.

Mother - Nicola - Testicles - GP - May

His mother, Nicola, 35, spotted one of his testicles was bigger than the other and took him to see the GP on May 28.

The doctor urged Mrs Barksby and her husband Adam to take Jake to hospital as quickly as possible, where tests were carried out.

Jake - Cancer - June - Operation - Tumour

Jake was diagnosed with testicular cancer on June 4 and had an operation to remove the 5cm-long tumour and one of his testicles a week later.

Biopsy results on June 21 confirmed Jake, of Nottinghamshire, had paratesticular rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue tumour.

Disease - Form - Cancer - Children - UK

The disease - a form of testicular cancer - affects fewer than 60 children in the UK each year, according to figures.

Cancer Research UK statistics reveal just eight children under the age of nine are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year, on average.

Disease - Affects - Men - Cases - Year

The disease most commonly affects men aged 15 to 45, with around 2,200 cases diagnosed each year in the UK.

Mrs Barksby, a clerical officer from Hucknall, has now urged all other parents to check their children regularly for signs of cancer.

Shock - **** - One

She said: 'It all happened so quickly. It was such a huge shock. I almost thought he had not got a right **** as the other one was quite big.'

Mrs Barksby added: 'With Jake there was no pain or illness, it was just the size. You do not expect it at all.'

Diagnosis - Jake - Series - Tests - CT

After his diagnosis, Jake underwent a series of tests including a CT scan which revealed another lump in his stomach.

However, a biopsy confirmed the mass was not cancerous.

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