than a kidney from a deceased donor.
In 2015, organ donations rose 5 percent,
according to the Organ Procurement and
Transplantation Network (
hrsa.gov). Though the number of people waiting for an organ still greatly exceeds the supply, better public awareness of the need for
organs is helping to drive the increase, the
Clancy’s surgery wasn’t painful, and her
recovery was quick, she says. She spent a day
in the hospital after surgery, and returned to
her active lifestyle of biking, walking and
work in six weeks.
Living donors must go through a series of
medical and psychological tests, says Costco
member Dr. Juan Rocca, surgical director of
kidney transplantation at Montefiore Medical
Center in New York City. Some people, including those with diabetes or high blood pressure,
may not be candidates for live organ donation.
But nobody should automatically rule
him- or herself out, says Fleming. “We like to
encourage everyone to consider themselves a
potential donor.” He also encourages everyone, regardless of age or health history, to register for organ donation after death at
“You may not be a match for everyone,”
Fleming says. “But you’re a perfect match for
Costco member Malia Jacobson is a freelance
writer in Tacoma, Washington, who covers
health and family topics.
EVERY HOUR A male is diagnosed with testicular cancer, the most diagnosed cancer in
men between the ages of 15 to 35, according to
the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.
About one in every 263 males will develop testicular cancer at some point during his life.
Testicles are part of the male reproductive
system and have two main functions: making
male hormones and making sperm.
Men may experience few or no symptoms
of testicular cancer. However, see your doctor
immediately if you experience any of these
early warning signs:
; Swelling or a lump in either testicle, usually painless.
; A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.
; Change in the size or shape of testicle.
; Sudden buildup of fluid in the scrotum.
; Pain or discomfort in the groin.
; Enlargement or tenderness of the breast
tissue (caused by hormones produced
by some testicular tumors).
Regular testicular self-examination can
help men find changes in the testes early.
Being familiar with the size, shape and usual
level of lumpiness can help you determine if
something is not quite right.
If diagnosed early, testicular cancer can be
effectively treated and potentially cured.
Advanced testicular cancer can be cured with
treatment, including surgical removal of an
affected testicle, usually followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy to treat remaining
cancer cells that may have spread to other
parts of the body.
Sexual function or fertility should not be
altered by testicular cancer and the removal of
one testicle, as a single testicle produces large
numbers of sperm.
To learn more, visit these websites.
; Testicular Cancer Awareness
; Testicular Cancer Society, testicular
; American Cancer Society,
To get involved
; Learn more about organ donation
; Register to be an organ, eye and
tissue donor at
; Contact your local transplant center
to learn more about live organ
By Malia Jacobson
WHEN COSTCO MEMBER Brenda Clancy
of San Diego learned that her co-worker
Jeanine Seeley, also a Costco member, had
failing kidneys and desperately needed a
transplant, she was moved. Though she didn’t
know Jeanine well, she wondered if she could
do something to help.
Two days later, Clancy came across a
magazine article about a kidney donation
chain—a series of kidney donations triggered
by a single altruistic donor. Inspired by the
article’s topic and serendipitous timing, she
decided to pursue kidney donation.
Siblings have only a 25 percent chance of
organ compatibility; the chances of matching
up with a non-relative are even more slim. But
Clancy thought her donation might help
move Seeley up the transplant list, or perhaps
start an altruistic chain of her own.
About a month later, Clancy and Seeley
got welcome news: Blood and tissue testing
had shown the pair to be a match. The successful transplant took place July 14, 2010,
forever bonding the once casual work
acquaintances as lifelong friends.
“I don’t know if it was fate,” says Clancy.
“But all throughout the process, all the doc-
tors and nurses and everyone said, ‘This is
just meant to be.’ ”
Along with donations from deceased
donors, living organ donations like Clancy’s
are vitally important to the 120,000 Americans
waiting for an organ transplant, says Costco
member David Fleming, CEO of Donate Life
“There’s a perception that because plenty
of people die, there must be plenty of organs
available, but that’s not true,” Fleming says.
About 1 percent of the U.S. population dies
each year, and only a small percentage of
those organs are viable for donation, he notes.
Because suitable organs from deceased
donors are scarce, recipients of live organs
spend less time waiting for a transplant. Live
kidney donations are nearly twice as likely to
be fully functional and less likely to be rejected