Testicular Cancer Check
Men between the ages of 15 and 35 can
increase their chances of finding testicular cancer early by
performing monthly testicular self-examination (TSE). Ideally,
TSE should be performed after a warm bath or shower. The heat
causes the scrotal skin to relax, making it easier to feel
anything unusual on the testicle. You can check your testicles
after a warm-up as described in our penis workouts.
- Examine each testicle gently
with both hands. The index and middle fingers should be
placed underneath the testicle with the thumbs placed on
top. Roll the testicle gently between the thumbs and
fingers. One testicle may be slightly larger than the other.
This is normal.
- The epididymis is a cord-like
structure on the top and back of the testicles that stores
and transports sperm. Do not confuse the epididymis with an
- Feel for any abnormal lumps -
about the size of a pea - on the front or side of the
testicle. These lumps are usually painless.
If you do find a
lump, contact your doctor right away. The lump may be due to
an infection, and a doctor can decide the proper treatment. If
the lump is not an infection, it is likely to be cancer.
Remember that testicular cancer is highly curable, especially
when detected and treated early.
While routine TSE is
important, it cannot substitute for a doctor's examination.
Your doctor should examine your testicles when you have a
physical examination. You can also ask your doctor to check
the way you do TSE.
important not to let fear or embarrassment keep you from not
checking yourself on a regular basis, or contacting the doctor
if you notice anything unusual. Remember, if caught early
chances of survival are great. It's your life your dealing
with, don't let embarrassment or shyness stop you checking.
Make sure that you make regular checks.