Testicular Self-Examination

Men can greatly increase their chances of finding a testicular lump promptly by performing a simple procedure called testicular self-examination (TSE).

How to do TSE

TSE should be performed once a month after a warm bath or shower. The heat causes the scrotal skin to relax, making it easier to find anything unusual. The procedure itself is simple and only takes a few minutes. Performing the exam more frequently than once a month may cause you to miss a slowly changing lump, but if you do it once a month you will notice changes more easily.

The facts

Other signs to monitor include any enlargement of the testicle, heavy feeling in a testicle, any significant loss of size of one of the testicles and discomfort in one testicle. Should you develop a breast enlargement, tenderness, or a sudden collection of fluid in your scrotum, you need to seek care. Finding a lump does not necessarily mean you have cancer, but you should contact your doctor right away. The lump may be due to an infection, and a doctor can determine the proper treatment.

Remember that testicular cancer is highly curable, especially when treated promptly. Testicular cancer almost always occurs in only one testicle, and one testicle is all that is needed for sexual and reproductive function.

If you find a lump, call the Dial-A-Nurse at 333-2700 for an appointment.

References

EMedicine Health at: www.emedicinehealth.com
Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia at: www.nlm.nih.gov./medlineplus