An estimated 8500 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer in the United States each year, and some 350 or so of them will die. The best way to prevent deaths is early detection, and for that reason it’s incredibly important that all men know how to examine their testicles for testicular cancer.
First, know your risk. Testicular cancer is most likely to affect teens and younger men, particularly between the ages of 18 and 35.
Second, know how to examine yourself. Experts recommend you perform a self exam in a warm shower as that is when the scrotum tends to be most relaxed.
Place your thumb over the top of your testicle and wrap your index and middle finger around and behind the testicle. Then gently roll the testicle around between your thumb and fingers.
Don’t panic if you notice a lump on the backside of a testicle leading to a soft-rope like connector. That’s the tube that delivers your sperm.
You’re examining the testicle for the following issues:
- abnormal swelling,
- pain in your groin area,
- or discoloration.
If you notice any of those symptoms or signs, seek professional medical attention right away.
While we’ve taken a lighthearted approach to spreading the news about how to examine yourself, testicular cancer is no joke. It just might save your life to know how to check yourself thoroughly, and then make sure you actually do it regularly.