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Dr Dawn:
Unlike most cancers, testicular cancer doesn’t get more common as you get older. It’s primarily a young man’s disease and those aged between 15 and 35 are most at risk. Men should be checking their testicles around once a month but the truth is less than one in five actually do. Early diagnosis however, can be life saving.

If you’re a guy and you don’t check your testicles regularly or if you’re not sure you’re doing it properly then watch on I’m going to show you how to check yourself. (Victor if you could just remove your towel for me.)

Now a really good time to self-check is during or after a hot bath or shower when the muscles of the scrotal sack are relaxed and the testicles hang down lower but any time is better than not checking at all. So the first thing you should do is to rest your testicles in the palm of your hand a bit like a weighing scale. Compare one testicle with the other for equal heaviness. Now it’s quite normal that one testicle is larger or hangs down slightly lower than the other and you’re probably used to them looking and feeling slightly different, which is a good thing: it means you’re familiar with your own balls and more likely to notice any changes.

At the back of each testicle is a thickening. This is the epididymis, which is the narrow tightly coiled tube that carries the sperm to the penis. As you know it’s extremely tender so be gentle with yourself here. Is that OK?

Victor: Yes

Dr Dawn:
Now place your fingers behind the scrotum and using your thumb gently roll the testicle between your thumb and fingers you’re feeling for any small hard lumps or a slight enlargement or firmness of the testicle. A normal testicle is oval shaped and feels firm, but not hard. And this one feels fine. Do you want to do the other one Victor?

So that’s it, just rolling the testicle between your fingers and thumb, good. Most testicular cancer is diagnosed because of a painless lump in the testicle, but there are other signs. Look out for a pain or discomfort in your scrotum or testicles, a heavy or dragging feeling in your scrotum, a dull ache in the lower stomach or groin area, a build up of fluid inside your scrotum, blood in your sperm at ejaculation or discharge from the penis. These are all signs that something maybe wrong.

Now there are lots of other things that can cause these symptoms beside testicular cancer but they should not be ignored.

If you do find a lump or notice any of the other symptoms, there’s two things you should do. One: make an appointment to see your doctor and two: stay calm. There’s a very good chance that it isn’t cancer as most abnormalities down there are a result of injury, infection or a non-cancerous swelling. Having said that, don’t get into the mindset of it’s probably nothing. On the small chance that it is something, then the sooner it’s investigated the better.

Testicular cancer has doubled in the last twenty years but it is one of the easiest cancers to treat successfully. Over 95% of cases are curable if treated early, but if ignored it can kill. That’s why checking your balls regularly is so important.

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How To Check Your Testicles

Testicular cancer is a young man’s disease, and yet this is the age group that has the greatest sense of invincibility from the illness. Dr Harper demonstrates the technique you can use to self-examine your balls, and as it’s best carried out in the shower, it’s a great excuse for taking a bit longer in the morning.

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im 15 and i have a little ball in my left side scrotum at the surface and it only hurt when i pinched it and one day i just squeezed it and a semen like liquid came out and its mostly gone my testicles are the same size and i have no pain





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I am 34 years old, I do have round and tight ball on my left testes. One of ayurvedic doctor gave me aloe vera, and some oil to massage it but it doesnt make any different. It worry me a lot. Plz help me.





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My right testicle is sore an it's a shape of a egg it's sore when I grab it my left one is smaller idk what happened





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I had some bleeding from my ball sack this morning while I was showering it took about 3/5 minutes for it too stop ...is this a major concern it's now been 3 hrs later no blood from my urine or stool please help





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Hello my name is Ian and recently my left testicle had started to hurt a little and it is getting softer/ squishier and loose compared to my right one. Please answer back to me





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I'm 15 years old and recently noticed a harmless lump on the backside of my testicle (around the epididymis). It's between a pea and marble-sized lump. Should I be worried? It wasn't there the last time I checked. Also, I frequently masturbate, maybe a few times a day, and the testicle with the lump seems softer than my other. Please reply, my worry is getting progressively stronger.





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I'm 15 years old and I've had a slight pain in my testicles for a while now. It's been gone for a few weeks but it just came back yesterday. It usually goes away for a few minutes before coming back for 30 seconds or so and then it goes away again. My testicles themselves also felt a bit swollen but I'm not sure about that one. I'm a little worried and I'm looking forward to a reply, thanks.





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What's that lumpy feeling attached to my left testacle its painful when I press it can it be anything serious





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Hi my name is Romeo I'm uncircumcised most of the time my penis and testicles are together tightly I'm just talking about my balls they are normally really close together so the outside of my sack is tight and got lines on it. Sometimes my testicles are all loose and my right ball is lower than the other one. Is this normal please reply





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I am 26 yr old male andI have pain in.my left testicle and it feels like someone is pulling and twisting it at the same time and while have sex it tends to roll above my penis on thr side of it its like its just roaming around.why is it that this is occuring to me is it something serious or something I shouldnt really worried to much about and i will be going for a check up in the near future just waiting on my appointment im just looking for idras on what this could be if i have something that way i can push my appointment to a asap date.





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check for a vericocele immediately and get treated most probably you have a fourth degree vericocele. nothing to be worried about take immediate care. get well soon





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