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Did you know that testicular cancer is the most common cancer affecting young men between the age of 20 and 39 years old.  Almost half of all testicular cancers occur in men under 35 and only 1 in 7 (14%) are diagnosed in men over the age of 50. Treatment for testicular cancer is very effective and the majority of patients are cured.

Cancers that are found early are the most easily treated,  this is why it is so important that you 'Check Yourself Out' regularly.  It is surprising how this is a 'Taboo' subject in today's ' disposable, anything goes' western society and it is very common for many men not to admit that they 'Check Themselves Out' for this reason .  It is even more surprising when this area  is an important working part of a mans No1 Asset !  Why should it not be given the attention that it deserves...

Luckily through promoting this simple examination more and more testicular cancers are being found early enough to be successfully treated.  Remember you are not a disposable commodity like the latest technology, mobile phone, trainers, or the latest football strip.  So use this simple non invasive self examination just once a month,  to help save your life.   

Follow this simple guide to help you

A good time to do this is after a warm bath or shower, when the scrotal skin is relaxed.

Hold your scrotum in the palms of your hands, so that you can use the fingers and thumb on both hands to examine your testicles.

Note the size and weight of the testicles. It is common to have one testicle slightly larger, or which hangs lower than the other, but any noticeable increase in size or weight many mean something is wrong.

Gently feel each testicle individually. You should feel a soft tube at the top and back of the testicle. This is the epididymis which carries and stores sperm. It may feel slightly tender. Don't confuse it with an abnormal lump.

You should be able to feel the firm, smooth tube of the spermatic cord which runs up from the epididymis.

Feel the testicle itself. It should be smooth with no lumps or swellings. It is unusual to develop cancer in both testicles at the same time, so if you are wondering whether a testicle is feeling normal or not you can compare it with the other.

Remember - if you do find a swelling in your testicle, relax , make an appointment and have it checked by your doctor as soon as possible.   Don't let the 'size' thing stop you from getting it checked out either. 

This is very common issue with men and unfortunately it stops lots going to the doctors.  Think about it , the doctor is only interested in making sure that you do not become a national cancer statistic.  They are certainly not interested about how big your No1 Asset is in it's 'relaxed state'.

At the Doctors 

The doctor will examine you in a similar manner to confirm any suspicions you may have.  If he/she feels a further investigation would be beneficial you will be referred to hospital for a scan.

Remember not all lumps are cancerous and it is common to find non malignant lumps ,cists and growths in this area, so do not panic and assume the worst.