fact that no cause of testicular cancer is clearly known, it is difficult to establish a sure preventive method.
The best decision is to catch the cancer at an early stage. To do so, you need to practice monthly
self-examination of your testicles from age 15, and throughout your life. The exam is easier when the skin of
the scrotum is relaxed after a warm bath or shower.
self-examination of your testicles is not difficult; here is a very easy method that can guide you:
1. Stand before a mirror;
search for any swelling of the skin of your scrotum.
2. Hold your scrotum in
your hands in a manner to feel the size and weight of each testicle. It is likely that one of your testicles is
larger or descends lower than the other one; this is normal.
3. Feel each testicle and
roll it between your thumb and finger; it should be smooth. You should feel a soft and sensitive cord in the
back of each testicle. You should feel no pain.
4. If you
notice any of these changes below, contact your doctor as soon as possible:
- a hard
mass - as a pea;
change in the size, shape,
to touch or painful feeling in the testicles or scrotum;
testicles or scrotum;
- pain in
the testicles or scrotum;
it is important to talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms for several
- dull ache or heaviness
in the lower abdomen
and persistent lower back pain
increase in breast size.
Testicular Cancer Survival Rates