Sexual & General Health


Test to 'C'

Test to 'C'The aim of this article is to encourage all men to examine their testicles (balls) on a monthly basis and to promptly seek medical advice should you discover something is wrong.

Testicular cancer is on the increase especially among men in the 20-44 age group, but can develop in men as early as 15. The good news is that the �C� in 99% of cases can be cured if detected at an early stage, hence the importance of testicular self examination.

Warning signs

  • Small hard painless lump
  • A dull ache in the scrotum, groin or lower back
  • A testicle getting larger
  • One testicle feeling heavier than the other
  • Collection of fluid

Your Monthly Testicular Self Examination Guide

  • Step One
    It is best to examine your testicles after a warm bath or shower when the heat relaxes the skin �the scrotum� making examination easier
  • Step Two
    Next examine each testicle in turn. Using both hands, gently roll the testicle between the thumbs and fingers, you will find a hard ridge on top of the testicle, this is normal. You are checking for any lumps, irregular swellings or change in firmness

If you have any doubts about what you�ve found, don�t delay � go to see your GP or any NHS sexual health (GUM) clinic.

For further information, please contact:
BACUP � Cancer information and counselling service.
3 Bath Place, Rivington Street, London EC2A 3JR
Tel: 0207 613 2121 or 0800 181199