How to Check for Testicular Cancer
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Testicular self-exams can help a young man detect testicular cancer early, when it's highly treatable. Watch this for a PG-13 demonstration on how to check yourself for testicular cancer.
Transcript: Testicular self-exams help detect testicular cancer EARLY, while it's still easily treatable. If you...
Testicular self-exams help detect testicular cancer EARLY, while it's still easily treatable. If you have a family history of testicular cancer or an undescended testicle, you should perform MONTHLY self-exams. Otherwise, you need to get an ANNUAL exam from your healthcare provider. Here's how to check yourself for testicular cancer. I recommend you do it during or directly AFTER a bath or shower, when the scrotum skin is relaxed. Here's how to give yourself a testicular exam - we're going to demo this with a model, but you get the idea. While standing, hold the penis out of the way and examine each testicle, one at a time. Place your index and middle fingers UNDER the testicle and your thumb on TOP. Roll it gently between your fingers, feeling for any hard lumps, which can be as small as a grain of rice. You may feel a small, soft bump along the middle or top of the backside of your testicle. This is called the epididymis-a narrow tube that connects each testicle to the exit route for semen. Don't mistake it for a lump. Free-floating lumps in the scrotum are also not signs of cancer. Check the SIZE of each testicle-one will likely be slightly larger than the other, but any SIGNIFICANT enlargement is abnormal. Check to see if the scrotum feels heavier than usual. If you detect any irregularities or lumps, make a doctor's appointment to receive more conclusive examinations and tests. Check out more videos in this series to learn more about men's cancers.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-21 | Tags »
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