Tips on - Testicular self examination
- By: Rahul Mistry
Unlike many types of cancer, testicular cancer most often affects young adults. Nearly 2000 men are diagnosed with the disease in the United Kingdom each year. It is the most common malignancy in 15 to 45 year old men.1
Regular testicular examination is recommended for men to detect testicular cancer in its early stages. Many testicular cancers are first discovered by men themselves, or their sexual partners, as a lump or enlarged swollen testicle.
Self examination is important in the diagnosis of testicular cancer. Males should be as diligent in monthly self examination as women are encouraged to be in breast self examination. The technique is straightforward and easy, and the following are helpful tips:
The main aim is to identify lumps within the body of the testis. Lumps in the epididymis are invariably benign, whereas lumps within the body of the testis are more likely to be malignant: