We all know men are hopeless when it comes to going to the doctors, sorry men but it’s true! It is up to us ladies to grab our men by the balls (excuse the pun) and give him a quick feel to spot any lumps or bumps that might need to be checked by a doctor to rule out or catch Testicular Cancer early.
I watched This Morning on TV and saw a very brave men having his Testicals checked live on tv in front of the nation by doctor Chris Steel. Testicular cancer is more common in younger men under 50, your risk is also increased if you are a white male and if there is a history of testicular cancer in the family. I didn’t realise just how easy it is to check for lumps and bumps in the testicular area, it only took a few minutes too!
How to check for testicular cancer!
A simple check is all that is needed!
- Support the testicles and scrotum in the palm of the hand. It is common to have one testicle slightly larger than the other, or which hangs lower than the other.
- If one feels heavier than the other this could indicate something is wrong.
- Gently examine each testicle in turn. Using both hands, roll each testicle between the thumb and fingers.
- You should feel a soft tube at the top and back of the testicle. This irregular sausage-like structure is called the epididymis which stores and transports sperm. This is often confused as something abnormal however, it is a normal part of a man’s anatomy.
- Feel the testicle itself – it should be smooth with
- No lumps or swellings.
Tip – Do the check after a hot bath or a shower as the muscle in the scrotal sac is more relaxed and hangs lower
- Small lumps or hardness
- A sensation of dragging or heaviness in the scrotum
- A dull ache in the lower abdomen or groin
If you find a lump, what next?
It is very important that you tell your partner that even if you do feel a lump as 90% of them are benign (non cancerous), they can just simply be a cyst. A simple blood test and scan can confirm if the lump is cancerous or not. If these tests show positive, the affected testicle may be removed. As the brave man Alun Pepper who has had Testicular cancer said in an interview on This Morning “You only need one testical” So Ladies & Gents, after a hot bath or shower tonight let’s have a quick check of his Testicals and stamp out Cancer for good.
Testicular Cancer helplines and websites
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