Self-Examination of the Testes
Dr. Oak says: Do this every 30 days or 3,000 strokes which ever comes first.
Self-examination of the testes is important for early detection of cancer of the testicle, which can be felt as a small lump. The self-examination technique is simple, and should be performed once a month as follows:
- When: The best time is right after a warm shower when the scrotal skin is relaxed and its contents can be felt most easily.
- How: Examine each testicle gently with the fingers of both hands by rolling the testicle between the thumb and forefingers (see illustration).
- What to look for: Look for a small lump about the size of a pea on the front or the side of the testicle (see right). A natural rope-like structure, the epididymis, is situated along the back of the testicle. Learn what it feels like so that you do not confuse it with an abnormal mass.
- What to do: Not all lumps are cancerous, but if you do find one, tell your physician at once. When diagnosed early, testicular cancer is completely curable.