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How do I check my testicles?

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Check your testicles monthly in the following manner:

  • Do the self-examination lying in a warm bath or while having a long shower, as this softens the skin of the scrotum (the skin sac that holds the balls), which makes it easier to feel the testicles inside.
  • Examine the scrotum, looking for any lumps on the skin or swellings inside.
  • Cradle the whole scrotum and testicles in the palm of your hand and feel the difference between the testicles. One is almost always larger and lying lower. This is completely normal.
  • Examine each testicle in turn, and then compare them with each other. Use both hands and gently roll each testicle between thumb and forefinger .
  • Check for any lumps or swelling as both testicles should be smooth except for the epididymis. The epididymis is  the duct that carries sperm to the penis. It lies along the top and back of each testicle and normally feels bumpy.

Although testicular cancer is rare, it is not at all uncommon to find a lump in your testicles. There are many conditions that can be easily confused with testicular cancer, and most of them are not as serious. If you have performed self-examination and found a lump, go to your doctor for further examination.

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