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Self Detection The Key To Testicular Cancer Prevention

Jun 26, 2008
Although the exact cause for testicular cancer is not yet determined, it is known that younger men are more susceptible to it, particularly those in their twenties or early thirties. Testicular cancer, as well as other malignancies, are effectively treated and cured with early detection. Fortunately, testicular cancer is a condition which can be easily detected by self-examination, and men should do this regularly so as to monitor their risks, especially if the condition runs in the family.

You can detect early on if you have a developing malignancy in your testes by regularly checking them for abnormalities in texture and sensation, preferably on a monthly basis. Your scrotal sac is much thinner and sensitive when it is wet, so it is advisable that you do this immediately following a soak in the bathtub or right after a shower.

While on a standing position, raise either leg and place it on an elevated platform. Then feel for the testicle opposite the raised leg by running your fingers across the scrotal sac. You may use either or both hands; cup your scrotum around either hand to feel any changes in sensation during your monthly self-examinations.

Firmly (but delicately) roll either testicle around your palm or between your cupped thumb and fingers, and look for any irregularities in surface texture, such as a hard or unusual lump; testicular tumors are usually pea-sized, so it is easy to determine a tumor when you come across it. Then move your fingers along the length of the epididymis, a delicate tube which feels like a comma this is located behind each testicle and is responsible for the collection and the release of sperm. Look for similar lump-like masses. Repeat this procedure with the other testicle.

Watch out for telltale symptoms like lumps in either or both testicles, or painful and tender sensations in the same. Although it is normal for one testicle to be bigger than the other, the difference should be minimal as to be relatively unnoticeable; if it is evidently large to the touch, you may be bearing the condition. If you experience a fluid discharge similar to pus from your penis, a felt buildup of the same within the scrotum, or a bloody discharge accompanying release during ejaculation, call your doctor for advice. Those who potentially carry testicular cancer also feel a weighing or dragging sensation both in the groin and in the scrotum, and may experience enlarged, tender breasts as well.

You may be concerned if your scrotum feels like it's filled with worms; this doesn't necessarily mean that you have testicular cancer. Such a condition is referred to as a varicocle, wherein the veins within the scrotum are inflamed. It is a normal occurrence, harmless and without symptoms. Many cases of testicular abnormalities begin with an injury, inflammation, or a type of infection in the same areas, and there is a chance that these may develop into testicular cancer. Schedule a checkup with your doctor on a monthly basis to ensure that you are given the appropriate treatments if ever you do acquire the condition.
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