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Testicular Health

This section will continue to build to contain details about General Health for Men:

Testicular Cancer

What is Testicular Cancer?

Although it's still relatively rare, testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer
for men under 35.

Sometimes our body cells grow too fast and a cancerous growth or tumour develops.

Testicular cancer is when a growth or tumour
- which may appear as a lump - is found on the testicles.

Who is at risk?

Any man can develop this form of cancer, but those between 15 and 35 are more at risk. You may also have a higher risk, and should talk to your GP, if you:

  • Only have one testicle

  • Have a testicle, which does not come down into the scrotum properly

There are differing opinions on a link between vasectomy and testicular cancer
- again, check this with your GP.



Checking your testicles

If you spend just a couple of minutes every month checking your testicles you can save yourself a lot of worry.
It's best to do this after a bath or shower, when you're relaxed.

While standing, hold the scrotum in the palm of your hand and check for changes in the heaviness,
size or shape of your testicles.

Hold each testicle in turn

- with the thumb on top
and middle or index fingers

- and roll gently, checking
for lumps or tenderness.


What am I looking for?

You're looking for:

  • Any changes and, after examining your testicles a few times, you will be able to spot any differences.

  • Swelling - whether it's painful or not.

  • Tenderness.

  • Back pain.

  • Hardness or a lump
    - yet be aware that you will feel a sausage shaped lump at the back and top of each testicle,
    this is the epididymis, which stores your sperm supply.

  • Weight gain on your testicles - or unusual heaviness in either one.

  • Other signs to watch for are blood passing from the penis when urinating,
    or a dull pain in the abdomen or groin.

If you do notice any changes, or are concerned at all, always talk to your GP immediately. It could be a false alarm
but it's always best to check out any changes. And remember, if you do have testicular cancer it may be cured
if you catch it in time - many men have been successfully treated and their sex life is not affected.

For more information call:

The BACUP helpline, which has specialists to answer any questions on testicular cancer

0800 181 199

Mon to Thur: 10:00 - 19:00 (10:00 am - 7:00 pm)

Friday: 10:00 - 17:30 (10:00 am - 5:30 pm)

Mind over matter
is a confidential telephone support service run by men who have had testicular cancer

01703 77 56 11

Other sources of information:

Imperial Cancer Reserarch Fund

P. O. Box 123
Lincoln's Inn Fields

Telephone: 020 7242 0200

Imperial Cancer Reserarch Fund (Scotland)

Wallace House
Maxwell Place
Stirling FK8 1JU

Telephone: 01786 479 137


Telephone: 07779 799 799

12:00 Noon - 20:00 (8:00 p. m.)

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