Self-examination for testicular problems
Self-examination for testicular problems.... Where do we start? We hear all the time that woman should check for lumps in their breasts, but it isn't often that we hear how important it is for men to check for lumps or abnormalities in their testicles. Consequently, cancer of the testicles is the most common cancer in young men (15 to 34 years old).
Self-examination for testicular it’s important; a man is more likely to get testicular cancer if any of the following are true about him:
- He has a testicle that did not drop down into the scrotum (called an undescended testicle). This applies even if surgery was done to remove the testicle or bring it down.
- He has small testicles or testicles that aren't shaped normally.
- If a he has a Klinefelter's syndrome (a genetic condition where male infants are born with an extra X chromosome) because there isn't always pain attached to cancer of the testicles in the initial stages,
Self-examination for testicular cancer it’s important!!
Some of the signs to know about:
- Firstly, a hard painless lump on the testicle (this is the most common sign)
- Secondly, pain or a dull ache in the scrotum
- Thirdly, a scrotum that feels heavy or swollen
- Lastly, bigger or more tender "breasts"
How to check testicular cancer or self-examination for testicular problems
- Do the exam during or right after a shower or a bath as the warm water relaxes the skin on your scrotum and makes the exam easier.
- Check your testicles one at a time. Use one or both hands.
- Cup your scrotum with one hand to see if there is any change from the way it feels normal.
- Place your index and middle fingers under one testicle with your thumb on top.
- Gently roll the testicle between your thumb and fingers.
- Feel for any lumps in or on the side of the testicle. Repeat with the other testicle.
- Feel along the epididymis (a soft, tube-like, comma-shaped structure behind the testicle that collects and carries sperm) for swelling.
It's normal for one testicle to be a little bit bigger than the other. Testicular cancer is treatable if found early. Your doctor can check your testicles during an exam, but self-examination for testicular problems is another good way to check for testicular cancer. The testicles should be smooth and firm. If you feel any bumps or lumps. We advise you to see your doctor immediately.
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