DOTHAN, Ala. - For many men, going to the doctor is not always on the top of their list of priorities, however, one local attorney says it was his trip to the doctor that saved his life.
Warren Cobb, a partner at Cobb Derrick Boyd & White, feels lucky to be alive after battling a rare cancer that is of special concern to young men. Cobb states that he “ignored it for a long time because you are just downplaying what's going on and that was a mistake.” It was December of 2008 when Warren Cobb was told by his doctor that he had testicular cancer. He was 28 years old.
He said “it more or less felt like something was pulling in my stomach and from what I understand now, that's what a lot of people with testicular cancer feel.” Although it only accounts for about 1 percent of all cancers in men, testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in men ages 20 to 35.
Urologist, Dr. John C. Peacock states that “Testis cancer is one of the most curable cancers that we see as urologists and that all surgeons and physicians see. If caught in it's early stages, one can expect a cure rate of approaching 90 percent and exceeding 90 percent in some cases.”
This is the same cancer that athlete, Lance Armstrong and Actor/Comedian Tom Green were diagnosed with and doctors say public awareness and self examination is key.
Peacock says “we encourage men in their late teenage years and especially throughout their 20's to perform testis self exams just as women are taught to perform self breast exams.”
Cobb hopes his diagnosis is a wake-up call to other men in the community and encourages anyone who may have symptoms to consult a physician. He says “the sooner you get it detected the better your treatments are.” Peacock also states that he hopes “that by seeing or hearing this, that this might help someone that has a problem come forward and get treatment that they need.”
Warren Cobb is now cancer free. His wife and 2 children are thankful everyday for his early diagnosis.