How to Check Yourself for Testicular Cancer in Body
Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in young men. Make sure you know how to check yourself out.
You might feel a bit awkward about checking yourself, but early diagnosis is key, which is why it's really important to regularly check for signs of testicular cancer.
If you notice any changes report it straight away to your doctor.
What should I look out for?
- A hard lump on the front or side of the testicle
- Swelling or enlargement of a testicle
- An increase in firmness of a testicle
- Pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
- An unusual difference between one testicle and the other
- A heavy feeling in the scrotum
- A dull ache in the lower stomach, groin or scrotum
How can I check myself?
1) Hold your scrotum (the sac that holds the testicles) in the palm of your hand and feel the size and weight of the testicles. One will probably be slightly larger than the other, or hang lower.
2) Feel each testicle and roll it between your thumb and finger. It should feel smooth. You'll feel a soft, tender tube toward the back of each testicle. This is normal.
3) It's unusual to develop cancer in both testicles at the same time, so if you're wondering whether a testicle is feeling normal or not, you can compare it with the other.
Remember, having one symptom doesn't mean you have testicular cancer, but it's always worth getting it checked out by a doctor.
Find out more about the causes, symptoms and treatment for testicular cancer.