How To Check Your Testicles
Check your testicles MONTHLY in the following manner:
- Do the self-examination lying in a warm bath or while having a long shower, as this softens the skin of the scrotum (skin sac that holds the testicles), which makes it easier to feel the testicle inside.
- Examine the scrotum, looking for any lumps on the skin or swelling inside.
- Cradle the whole scrotum and testicle in the palm of your hand and feel the difference between the testicles. One is almost always larger and lying lower. This is completely normal.
- Examine each testicle in turn, and then compare them with each other. Use both hands and gently roll each testicle between thumb and forefinger. Check for any lumps or swellings as both testicles should be smooth except where the duct that carries sperm to the penis, the epididymis, runs. This lies along the top and back of the testicle and normally feels lumpy.
Testicular cancer represents only about one per cent of all cancers in men, but is the most common cancer among men aged 15 to 44 years. Unfortunately, the number of cases has trebled in the past 25 years, but thanks to new treatments and early detection, deaths from testicular cancer have fallen by 80% and more than 95% can be cured.
It is not at all uncommon to find a lump in your testicles, but keep in mind there are many conditions that can be easily confused with testicular cancer, and many of them are not anything like as serious.