By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

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.

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  • by Mike Location: Cincinnati, Ohio on Apr 6, 2011 at 10:37 PM
    Warren, a big thanks to you for being so open and to Gina for covering the story. As a testicular cancer survivor and founder of the Testicular Cancer Society I can tell you that right now awareness is the biggest thing that is keeping us from erasing deaths from testicular cancer. If it is caught early many men can get by with just the testicle removal but later on it takes radiation, chemotherapy, advanced surgeries and even bone marrow transplants. As far as John's comment, am I am taking it lightly and with no offense, but after talking to hundreds of other survivors, I have found that women don't really care and many times don't even notice a missing testicle. It is just one more fear that men have and it keeps them from going to the doctor quickly.
  • by Judy Location: Marianna on Apr 4, 2011 at 09:55 PM
    If the physician would put in a news letter what the symtoms of testicular cancer were, more men might come forward sooner before it's to late.Warren Cobb you need to be commended for speaking out about this. Young men need to know that it's alright to go see their doctor, it could save their life.
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      by Warren on Apr 5, 2011 at 06:27 PM in reply to Judy
      Thanks Judy! My testicle felt heavier than normal and a noticeable lump was growing. A man should go to the doctor if he notices any change in size or texture of his testicle. Probably five of my friends got checked after me just to make sure and they were in and out of the doctors office in 30 minutes. I am the punchline in plenty of jokes but that's better than the alternative! Thanks for watching and your thoughts. WC
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      by John on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:53 PM in reply to Judy
      I think that Warren fellow is a good guy to come out about this because many women would not like a man anymore if he was left with only one testicle. Very brave man
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