How to check your Testicles
How to check your Testicles
Many males don’t know how to check their own testicles properly and many males don’t bother to check until something doesn’t feel right.
I have searched looking for simple illustrations to show men of all ages how easy it is to check their own testicles.
I have also listed some questions and answer you may have about your testicles you may have.
Questions & Answers
Q. How often should I check my testicles?
a. Get to know your testicles, once a month you should take time to check your testicles. A quick fumble around doesn’t cut it. Take time to examine yourself properly. A doctor can perform an examination for you but they recommend once a year.
Q. What should normal feel like?
a. As you get to know your testicles, they will feel smooth and encumbered by lumps and bumps and roll between your fingers when checking.
Q. I have found a lump, does this mean I have cancer?
a. No, not necessarily. Lumps and bumps can be nothing more than a cyst but it’s always advisable to book an appointment with your health provider to get checked. Don’t dismiss it! Get it checked because if it is cancer and caught early your survival rate is significant.
Q. What age group is most commonly affected by testicular cancer?
a. Men in their 20’s – 30’s are of higher risk but generally the age group is 20 to 40 with 33 being the common age of diagnosis.
Q. How common is testicular cancer?
a. Don’t panic, it’s not very common. Around 1 in every 250 males will at some point in their lifetime develop testicular cancer. In the UK thats approximately 2,300 men a year are diagnosed.
Q. Are there any symptoms I should look out for?
a. Yes, Most common are lumps and bumps that appear and can be as small as a grain of rice. Theses lumps and bumps can become swollen and sometimes feel sore. Swelling of a testicle or feeling heavy can also be a sign. Some men may discover breast growth or soreness.
Q. Can Testicular cancer be misdiagnosed?
a. Yes i’m afraid to say. 25% of patients are misdiagnosed because they will present themselves with a lump or bump which is painless. If you’re not happy with your diagnosis because you know your own body, ask for a second opinion, you’re within your rights.
Q. What are my chances of survival with testicular cancer?
a. If your cancer has been caught in it’s early stages (0-1) meaning the cancer is still confined to the testicle, your chances of full recovery is approximately 99%. If you haven’t been regularly checking yourself and present with later stages your chances of full recovery are less because the cancer has spread from your testicles and typically spread to your lymph nodes around your kidneys.
Q. Can my life with testicular cancer be normal?
a. Testicular cancer treatment usually has a good outcome with the majority of people with early stage cancer will be cured. Roughly only 2–3% of people who have had cancer in one of their testicle will develop cancer in the other testicle. However, for some people they will have a recurrence of cancer in another part of the body.
Keep checking your body, it could save your life!
In simple picture form, how to check your testicles
Let’s hope this article will encourage men to check themselves regularly. Yes testicular cancer is found in younger men but it’s not inclusive. Men as they get older will find lumps and bumps, it’s part of the age process and normally they are found to be cysts. Theres nothing wrong with keeping an eye out for something that changes. It’s good to be thorough.
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