Self Check Guide!

Step 1

Testicular Cancer is easier to treat when diagnosed early. Select a regular date of to examine your testicles and try to repeat it monthly.

By regularly examining your testicles, you are more likely to notice any swelling or abnormalities at an early stage of development.

Step 2

It's best to do a Testicular Self Examination during or right after a warm shower or bath.

The scrotum (skin that covers the testicles) is most relaxed then, which makes it easier to examine the testicles.

Step 3

Hold your scrotum in the palms of your hands, and use your fingers and thumbs to examine your testicles. A lot of men may have one testicle which is larger than the other or may have one testicle that hangs slightly lower than the other, this is perfectly normal.

Examine one testicle at a time. Use both hands to gently roll each testicle (with slight pressure) between your fingers. Place your thumbs over the top of your testicle, with the index and middle fingers of each hand behind the testicle, and then roll it between your fingers. You should be able to feel the epididymis (the sperm-carrying tube), which feels soft, rope-like, and slightly tender to pressure, and is located at the top of the back part of each testicle, this is a normal lump.

Step 4

Most testicular lumps are NOT cancer and are often common cysts. However, if you notice anything unusual you should go and see your doctor. With early treatment most men with Testicular Cancer can be cured.

Any changes may have other causes, but should always be checked out!