You should check your testicles regularly to make sure you are aware of how they normally feel. This means that you will be able to notice any unusual changes that might happen. It can help you notice any changes or lumps that might be testicular cancer.
Testicular cancer is rare and can be treated. With around 100 cases each year, however, it is the most common cancer in young men aged between 15 and 34 in Ireland, and this number is increasing steadily. If you have had an undescended testicle(s) – where the testicle(s) fail(s) to move down into the scrotum after birth – your risk of testicular cancer is significantly higher. You also have a higher risk if your father or brother(s) have had testicular cancer. You should check your testicles for any changes about once a month, while in the bath or shower.
Checking your testicles is straightforward and doesn’t take long so make sure to check them regularly. It is best to do it once a month, while in the bath or shower.
Most lumps aren’t cancer. But don’t ignore a lump – let your doctor decide whether or not you need further tests.