Testicular Self Examination
Testicular cancer and Breast cancer are unpleasant subjects to think about. But as they are both very common cancers, their existence cannot be ignored. Up to one in eight women will get breast cancer at some point in her life, and testicular cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men under 40.
[Note: testicular and breast self-examination may not be appropriate for everyone. Your doctor can help you determine if you stand to benefit from these techniques.]
The best time to conduct a monthly testicular self exam (TSE)is after a warm bath or shower, then the skin of the scrotum is relaxed. Here’s how to do it:
- Standing in front of a mirror, inspect the scrotum visually for swelling
- For each testicle: hold the testicle between the thumb and fingers of both hands; roll it gently between the fingers, looking out for any hard lumps or nodules or for any change in size, shape, or consistency
- Feel the epididymis, a cord-like structure on the top and back of each testicle, noting any changes.