Testicular Cancer Prevention
There is no way to prevent testicular cancer. However, it can usually be detected early during a testicular self-exam. Males should perform a testicular self-exam once a month.
- Perform the exam after a warm bath or shower.
- Examine each testicle gently with both hands.
- The index and middle fingers should be placed underneath the testicle while the thumbs are placed on the top.
- Roll the testicle gently between the thumbs and fingers.
- Normal testicles feel smooth and spongy.
- One testicle may be larger than the other:
- This is normal.
- The epididymis is a cord-like structure on the top and back of the testicle that stores and transports the sperm.
- Feel for any abnormal lumps:
- They may be the size of a pea
- Usually located on the front or the side of the testicle
- Lumps are usually painless
- If you do find a lump, contact your doctor right away.
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