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Why should I self-examine my testicles?

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Things can go wrong with your testicles slowly or quickly. A few conditions that affect the testicles are serious but most are not. Being obsessed or frightened for no good reason isn’t any fun. You need to know what your testicles normally feel and look like. This allows you to spot changes early so that advice can be gotten quickly if needed. Checking yourself thoroughly and consistently is the name of the ball game! Compared with prostate cancer, testicular cancer is relatively rare. However, in men aged 15 to 34, it ranks as the most common cancer. For unknown reasons, the disease is about four times more common in white men than in black men.

Signs to watch out for:

  • A lump in one testicle.
  • Pain and tenderness in either testicle.
  • Discharge or pus from the penis.
  • Blood in the sperm at ejaculation.
  • A build-up of fluid inside the scrotum.
  • A heavy or dragging feeling in the groin or scrotum.
  • An increase in size of a testicle (one testicle is normally larger then the other but the size and shape should remain more or less the same).
  • An enlargement of the breasts with or without tenderness.

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