How to do testicular self-examination

We cannot simply afford to leave any unusual lump in any part of our body unnoticed. Such an act of carelessness might make us cost our lives. Thanks to different awareness programs all of us know the importance of bringing such body bumps under medical diagnosis.

The testicular self-examination is one of the easy ways for men to check their own testicles. It helps them in spotting any unusual lumps or bumps, if any, which can be the initial sign of testicular cancer. Extreme vigil is essential as testicular cancer is the most common of its kind among males between the age group of fifteen and thirty-five. It is advisable to do a testicular self-examination once in every month. Such a measure helps you in getting familiar with the normal size and shape of the testicles. In such a case, you will be able to identify clearly if something unusual gets spotted.

It is advisable to conduct testicular self-examination soon after a hot shower or bath. At that time, the scrotum (skin that covers the testicles) will be most relaxed and you will find it easier to examine the testicles. Examine only one testicle at a time. Using both hands each testicle should be rolled with slight pressure by holding it between your fingers.

Note that the soft, rope-like epididymis that is located at the top of the back part of each testicle is a normal lump. It should also be kept in mind that one testicle, normally the right one, is slightly larger than the other in most men. During the examination, check whether any unusual swelling is found in the front portion or on the sides of the testicles. Lumps may be small ones that attain the size of a pea.

Any rashes or some other colour change on the surface of the testicles also need to be brought under medical care. However, be assured that not all the lumps are cancerous in nature. Moreover, testicular cancer can be easily cured, provided, the right treatment is given at the right time.



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