Testicular Self Exam
Monthly testicular self exams are important to notice changes in one’s testicles. By doing the monthly testicular self exams you should become familiar with your testicles thus making it easier to notice any changes. Most testicular cancers are found by men themselves or their partner, very few are found by a physician. This is why it is so important to be familiar with what is normal and if you do notice any changes then see a doctor immediately.
It is best to do the testicular self exam during or right after a warm shower or bath. The warmth relaxes the scrotum making the exam easier. Don't be alarmed if one testicle seems slightly larger than the other, that's normal. It is also normal that one testicle will hang lower than the other.
3 Steps to the Testicular Self Exam
See a Doctor Immediately:
If you notice any testicular lumps, bumps or irregularities see a doctor right away. Please keep in mind that not all lumps or irregularities are cancerous, however, only a doctor can make that determination. Waiting to see if it will go away will not help you.
There are guys that can have testicular cancer but not notice any changes in their testicle(s). That is why it is important to also know the other signs and symptoms of testicular cancer and contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of them.
Special thanks to Stephan Spitzer for allowing us to use derivations of his medical illustrations