Check 'em

Written by Community Health Network on 4/10/2014 6:00:00 PM

We're going balls to the wall this month to help you prevent testicular cancer. A testicular self-examination is one way to reduce risk of testicular cancer. The best time to examine your testicles is during or after a bath or shower, when the skin of the scrotum is relaxed.

It’s normal for one testicle to be slightly larger, and to hang lower than the other. You should also be aware that each normal testicle has an epididymis, a small, coiled tube that can feel like a small bump on the upper or middle outer side of the testis. Normal testicles also contain blood vessels, supporting tissues, and tubes that carry sperm. Some men may confuse these with abnormal lumps at first.

Try to check your testicles once a month. If you examine your testicles frequently, you will become familiar with what is normal and what is not.

I found an unusual lump.

If you have any concerns or find unusual lumps, consult your doctor for a general physical and testing for testicular cancer.

Image source: Testicular Cancer Foundation

Tags: prevention | Posted in: Testicular Cancer

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