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So many of us remember to the release of our favorite films, the lines to our favorite sings, and to wake up and brush our teeth… Yet we forget to regularly check our bodies; for changes, ensuring everything is in place, and maintaining our own physical health!
Let today be your monthly M.O.T, or Service for those of you who wish to make this part of your Self-Care Day, and do a Breast 'SELF-CHECK' Today!
“Testicular cancer can be deadly. Luckily, the disease is also easily curable — if a man finds it in time. Testicular cancer usually begins as a painless lump, which can be found without a doctor’s help. For his own good health, every man — not just older men — should know how to
do a self-check of the testicles. In fact, testicular cancer most often appears in men from ages 15 to 35. Start in your teen years. Checking testicles for lumps is quick, painless, and can save a life.” – Ruth K. Westheimer and Pierre A. Lehu
Below, written by Ruth K. Westheimer and Pierre A. Lehu, are the steps of carrying out your (or your partner's) self-examination. Please remember that this is a brief information guide and should NEVER be used instead of seeking medical advice and examination from a trained Health Advisor or Doctor.
The best time to perform a self-exam is after a hot shower or bath because the warm waterallows the scrotum to relax and the testicles to drop down. You can do the check while you’resitting, standing, or lying down.
The epididymis sits on top of the testicle. Some men examining themselves for testicular cancer mistake it for a strange lump. They get a real fright before a doctor explains to them what it is. (A coiled tube through which sperm swim and mature.) So what you need to have clear in your mind is that you are checking your testicle — the hard-boiled egg. The lumpy epididymis, which lies on top of the testicle, belongs there and is supposed to be lumpy but not
The above steps are crucial within a self-check but please remember that not all cancers can be detected in this way. The guide is for information purposes only and SHOULD NOT BE USED INSTEAD OF SEEKING MEDICAL ADVICE AND/OR EXAMINATION. IF IN DOUBT GIVE YOUR DOCTOR A SHOUT!
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Your testicle should feel smooth and firm with a slight softness, a lot like a hard-boiled egg without the shell.
It’s normal for one testicle to be slightly larger than the other and/or one to hang lower than the other.
Do this test around the same time each month to get into the habit. Sometimes a minor injury to the groin area may cause some swelling. This swelling can mask the presence of an undetected cancerous growth. This is why a monthly checkup is necessary — so you know what’s normal for you from month to month, and what’s not.
Testicular cancer can hit any man, but men who had one or both undescended testicles at birth are at higher risk. So if either or both of your testicles had not descended when you were born, make doubly sure that you perform this exam every month.