Get to Know your Manhood

Get To Know Your Manhood

Remember that one testicle (usually the right one) is slightly larger than the other, while the left one may hang a little bit lower. This is completely normal.

Examine One Testicle at a Time

Using both hands, gently roll each testicle (with slight pressure) between your fingers. To do this, place your thumbs over the top of your testicle, then, with the index and middle fingers of each hand behind the testicle, roll the testicle between your fingers.

Know What Your Balls Feel Like

Your testicles should feel firm and smooth, about the consistency of a hard-boiled egg except without the egg shell.

Know What’s Normal

You may feel the epididymis (the sperm-carrying tube), which is a soft, rope-like tube located at the top of the back of each testicle. This is a normal lump.

Know What’s Abnormal

When examining each testicle, feel for any firm masses, lumps or nodules along the front or sides. Lumps may be as small as a piece of rice or a pea and they are often painless.

See a Doctor

If you notice any swelling, lumps or changes in the size or colour of a testicle, or if you have any pain or achy areas in your groin, you should schedule an appointment with a doctor (preferably a urologist) right away.
It’s Not Always Cancerous
If you do notice something abnormal, don’t get overly anxious; there are many other causes of abnormal lumps that are much less serious than cancer. But that titbit of info shouldn’t stop you from seeking help. Infections, for example, will still require prompt treatment.

Other Signs and Symptoms

• Aside from testicular lumps, there are other signs and symptoms of testicular cancer that you should be aware of:
• An enlargement or significant shrinking of a testicle
• A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
• A dull ache in the lower abdomen or in the groin
• A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
• Pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
• Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts

When In Doubt, Get It Checked Out

Let’s face it, human beings have a tendency to overreact when it comes to their health and chances are, you’re not a doctor. If you do notice something abnormal, don’t hesitate to have it checked out. Checking your balls regularly will hopefully make you better at distinguishing a real lump from your normal anatomy. But when in doubt, get it checked out. The worst that will come of a check-up is a little embarrassment, but that surely beats cancer.

Adamo’s Story

I am basically ( so far) as testicular cancer survivor. Just over 7 months ago, yes just after Christmas, I went to the GP with an ache in my balls, there wasnt exactly an irregular feel to them, but its just gut male instinct told me to swallow my male pride and go and see. Anyway within 4 week of that initial appointment I had been to the hospital 5 times, been on cancer shrinking drugs for 2 weeks and right at the end found that the sickness was impossible to deal with so the decison was taken to remove both my balls.
I said earlier SO FAR as it is only 4 weeks since the op and a long way to go before that magic time of REMISSION and ALL CLEAR – but so far so good – OK the PCT was very good and speedy – only trouble is they dont fund prosthetic balls on the NHS – anyway better look like a dead chicken with than the alternative of long term suffering and eventual death I say.
Anyway – pardon the phrase – but in a nutshell thats my story – I really admire all taht you are doing and will support you in any way possible – I know you are sticking local right now – but your goial and dream of national / international is going to happen – just let me know what I can do for you and it will be done – if you have posters leaflets anything to help spread the word then email me them, send them, and I will pay to have them reproduced and make sure Essex knows you exist. Without the work of charities / people like you I can only have nighmares about what my life would be like. At 39 yrs old I know have a whole life ahead of me.