Testicular cancer: This is how to properly perform a self-examination

Checking for testicular cancer is a self-care routine that should be performed regularly. Here's how to get it done the right way.

Checking yourself down there to make sure everything is operating smoothly should be practiced regularly to prevent anomalies from degenerating to more serious conditions. Case in point: self-examinations in search of testicular cancer.

How to detect lumps and bumps

One health expert, Dr Karan Rajan, who has millions of followers on social media has shared with his audience tips and tricks to keep in mind when performing self examinations. In order to detect lumps or bumps on your crown jewels, Rajan says one should:

Have a hot shower, when it’s cold the dartos muscle in the scrotum contracts making it hard to have a feel of the crown jewels. But during a hot shower this muscle relaxes allowing you to have a better feel of the boys.

Before adding:

Make sure you feel at the top and back of the testicle, this can sometimes feel like a lump but it’s the epididymis, the tube which transports sperm If you notice any swelling or any lump that’s growing in size or shape, even if it’s painless, go and get seen by a doctor.

Starting self-examinations early on

As is the case with all forms of cancer, the disease can creep up on anyone no matter their age or previous medical history. According to one study conducted by GP service, Livi, 26% of men have never performed self-examinations to check for testicular cancer. Dr Rhianna McClymont, Lead GP at Livi said:

It’s more common in younger people, so we recommend beginning checks in puberty. If you notice any lumps or difference in the feel of your testicles, then it’s important to speak to a doctor to get checked out immediately.

And added:

These symptoms are not a guarantee you have cancer, but they can be indicators, so it’s always vital to see a medical professional if you spot any signs.
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