How To Do Your Testicular Cancer
Early Detection Self-checks
Your Video Testicular Cancer Self-check
Courtesy of The Robin Cancer Trust
Your Personal Testicular Cancer Self-check
The best time to check your testicles is after a warm shower or bath. The heat from the water causes the skin of your scrotum to relax, making it easier to check.
- Examine each testicle with both hands. Place your index and middle fingers under the testicle while placing your thumbs on top.
- Applying slight pressure, gently roll the testicle between your thumbs and fingers looking for any irregularities like small, painless lumps. The testicles are usually smooth, oval shaped and somewhat firm; it’s okay for one testicle to be slightly larger than the other.
- Now examine your epididymis, the comma-shaped cord behind each testicle, which sometimes gets confused for an abnormal lump.
By regularly performing this exam, you will become more familiar with your testicles and aware of any changes that might be of concern. Please do this self-check monthly. It might be good to plan to schedule it the same day each month, along with your breast self-check and skin self-check.
1) Your monthly testicular self-check.
2) Your yearly doc-check.