Testicular cancer self examination is a quick way for men to examine their testicles for any sign of lumps or bumps which is an indication of early sign of testicular cancer. Early detection of testicular cancer allow for early treatment which increases the chance of successfully treating the cancer.
Testicular cancer rarely occurs in teenage boys but it is more common among male between the ages of 15 and 35. Men who suffered from cryptorchidism (undescended testes) and with family history of testicular cancer have higher risk of developing this cancer.
Testicular cancer self examination perform on monthly basis can help men to become familiar with their testicles so that any abnormal changes that occur in future can easily be detected. Most cases of testicular cancer are discovered by men who experienced symptoms which may include painless lump, pain in the scrotum, enlarged testicles, and a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum. Early stage of testicular cancer cannot be detected easily because there are no symptoms at this stage.
The best time to examine your testicle is after a hot shower or bath because the skin of the scrotum is well relaxed from the heat which also causes the testes to descend. Begin by sitting comfortably on a chair or in standing position, place both your thumbs on top of the testicle with the index and middle fingers on the underside.
Gently apply small amount of pressure as you roll the testicles with your finger tips and you can look at both testicles for comparison of any abnormal changes and if you have performed testicular cancer self examination on monthly basis you will be more familiar with the size and shape of your testicle to detect abnormal changes that occur. It is also normal for one testicle to be slightly larger than the other.
Testicular cancer develops in the testicles where the mass usually feels hard to touch and easy to distinguish from surrounding healthy tissue but difficult to detect in the early stages as there are no symptoms during this stage.
If you notice area that is swollen or painful to touch is an indication of infection. If you feel any mass within the testicles that are about the size of a small pea that feels hard and painless to touch is an indication of early stage testicular cancer. It is normal if you feel a tube at the back of each testicle as this is the sperm-carrying tube called the epididymis which may feel like a small lump or bump.
However as the cancer grow symptoms may include fever, tender
breasts and nipples, pain in the scrotum, and enlarged testicles. If
you experience any of these symptoms see your doctor as soon as possible
for proper diagnosis and treatment. Early detection and treatment is
the best method for successfully treating and preventing testicular
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