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Testicular Cancer

Prevention of Testicular Cancer

Currently, there is no sure way to prevent the disease because:

  • There are few known causes for the disease.
  • Many of the suggested risk factors are those that cannot be changed.
  • Many men with testicular cancer do not have the suggested risk factors.

However, testicular self-examination can improve the chances of finding a cancerous tumor early. Some doctors recommend doing them monthly, although it is not clear if they can reduce the death rate for testicular cancer.

Testicular Self-Examination (TSE) Procedure

The best time for testicular self-examination is just after a warm bath or shower when the scrotal tissue is more relaxed.

  • While standing in front of a mirror, place the thumbs on the front side of the testicle and support it with the index and middle fingers of both hands.
  • Gently roll the testicle between the fingers and thumbs. Feel for lumps, hardness, or thickness. Compare the feelings in each testicle.
  • If you find a lump, see your physician as soon as possible.

Testicular self examination is not a substitute for routine physical examinations by your physician.

Locations for Testicular Cancer