Self Examination. Examining your Testicles

Testicular cancer, unlike most cancers, can affect younger men aged 15 to 45, but the good news is, that it is easy to treat if caught early. So, it is important that you get into the habit of checking yourself regularly each month.  

It is best to check yourself when you are warm and standing up, so, in a shower or after a bath is perfect.  

Everyone is different. The important thing is that you know what is normal for you, so that you can report any changes to your doctor.  

Place one hand under your balls so that you are cradling them. With the other hand, roll each ball between your finger and thumb.  

The first thing you will notice is that one probably hangs down a bit more than the other. This is normal. 

They should be a similar size and weight, and this should not feel uncomfortable or painful.  

If one is significantly larger than the other or if you notice any pain or unusual lumps, you should make an appointment to see your doctor. You can ask to see a male doctor if you prefer.  

Most changes are not cancer, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.  


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