Understanding how to self-check for testicular cancer can increase the likelihood of early detection.
Males of any age can develop testicular cancer, including infants and elderly men. In an effort to increase awareness, we’ve compiled a couple of easy-to-follow steps to administer a self-examination, which will aid in the identification of testicular cancer.
After a bath or shower, when the scrotum skin is relaxed, do the following:
- Hold the penis in one hand, checking one testicle at a time with the other hand.
- Hold one testicle at a time between the thumb and fingers, rolling it gently between the fingers.
- Look and feel for any hard lumps or inconsistencies in texture, shape, and size of the testicles.
These three steps are the most thorough way to examine your testicles. Conducting an examination after a bath or shower is essential because it relaxes the skin and allows for you to prod deeper with your fingers.
If you notice one testicle slightly larger than the other or one hanging slightly lower, this is normal. You’re checking for drastic differences between the two.
A sharp contrast in size and texture of the two testicles indicates there is a problem, otherwise they are likely normal. Also, normal testicles have blood vessels, supporting tissues, and tubes that carry sperm. These are sometimes misidentified as testicle lumps. If you check regularly, you will be able to establish a baseline and understand if there are any differences.
If you do recognize a difference, don’t worry. Modern day medicine, and advanced treatment options, have made great strides in reducing the mortality from cancers, and the mortality rate of testicular cancer is particularly low at 1 in every 5,000 men.
Testicular cancer can be treated and cured. Especially if you identify the problem early and reach out to a professional to further assess your situation, which is the best course of action you can take.
We specialize in helping patients identify testicular cancer and understand outcomes. If you’re interested in visiting our office, give us a call at your earliest convenience.