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Testicle Self-Examination

Cancer of the testicle is the most common cancer in men in the 20- to 35-year age group. Those particularly at risk are young white males who have a history of an undescended testicle. ( An undescended testis is one that has failed to complete its normal passage from within the abdomen to the scrotum. Not all testes that are absent from the scrotum are undescended) If detected early, testicular cancer is one of the most easily curable of all cancers. Self- examination should be performed monthly or more often. Feel for any enlargement or irregularity of your testicles. Perform the examination after a bath or shower when the scrotal skin is relaxed.

How to examine your testicles

testicle-exam.JPG (11374 bytes) Examine each testicle separately, holding it in both hands and gently feeling all areas by rolling it between your fingers and thumb. The entire surface of both testes should be felt. The skin over the testes moves freely, making palpation easy. Spend about 30 seconds to 1 minute per testicle.

What to Feel For

testicle-1.JPG (13305 bytes) Cancers are usually firm to the touch and not tender or painful when pressed.

A cancerous tumor usually begins as a small, painless, hard, pea-like bump like a pebble embedded in the surface of the testicle. A soft, painless swelling is more likely to be a harmless cyst. Painful swellings may be due to infection of the testicle or epididymis. Don't take any chances. See your doctor immediately if you detect any changes in your testicles.

(Reference: Fighting Cancer - AMA Home Medical Library by Readers Digest)

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