Nobody likes to think about cancer if they don’t have to and as such it can be easy to miss potential signs of a problem early on. Prevention is always better than cure and the earlier you can spot the signs of cancer the sooner you can address it before it travels further. 99% of testicular cancer cases can be cured if checked early enough – this is not a case of ‘ignore it and it will go away’.
So as much as you might not like thinking about it, it’s crucial that you take the effort to regularly check for signs, and for men that means occasionally assessing testicular health. Here we’ll look at how to go about that.
How to Check Your Testicles for Cancer
To check your testicles for cancer you need to occasionally feel for lumps and, more importantly, any changes. This means taking each testicle in your hands and getting used to their weight and feel. It may be that one is bigger than the other – this is fine, just be aware of it.
Next you should take each one between your two fingers and thumb and gently roll them around to cover the entire surface.
During this process you are looking for any signs of lumps and bumps in particular, and rolling in this way should alert you to those. More to the point though, you’re checking for changes. Any alteration in the size, hardness or shape could all be indicative of cancer or other potential problems.
From there the most important thing is to make sure that if you do find anything unusual, that you head to a doctor to get it checked out as soon as possible. This is definitely a situation where it is better to be safe rather than sorry, so make sure you’re vigilant and never be shy to visit your GP.