Testicular exams are usually provided to assess any concerns that a patient may have.
There can be a number of concerns raised by patients such as one testicle being larger or higher than the other.
Generally speaking these are nothing to be worried about.
However if a patient should find a lump this is something that should be brought to the attention of a doctor immediately.
Unfortunately testicular cancer is not unusual in Ireland and it is actually the most common form of cancer for men aged between 15 - 24 (although it should be noted men at any age can contract testicular cancer). Thankfully with early treatment this condition can be handled and is curable, which is why the testicular self examination process is so important.
At Hazelhill Family Practice we encourage all our male patients to undertake regular testicular self examinations.
Carrying out a testicular self examination
These exams are best carried out after a warm bath or shower. The patient is advised to stand in front of the mirror and check for any swelling on the skin of the scrotum. Then each testicle should be examined with both hands. Over time, patients should become familiar with the size and shape of their testicles. Patients are also advised to find the epididymis - the soft, tubelike structure which carries the sperm. It is important for the patient to know how this structure feels so it won't be confused with a lump.
If you do find a lump it is vital that it is checked out. While not all lumps are cancerous (some can relate to infections for example) the importance of early treatment can't be underestimated. Unfortunately testicular cancer can spread it if is not treated, which is why it is important to not delay in having this lump checked out.
The best thing to do is to have any potential issue checked out by a doctor - immediately. Even waiting a week or two can have a detrimental impact on your treatment should the lump be cancerous.
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