Can testicular cancer be prevented?

To help protect yourself from testicular cancer click the following link to see when and how to start doing your testicular self-exam: scroll down to see the video and print how-to guide. According to most health advisory organizations, right now there is no way of preventing testicular cancer. That's why learning how to do your self-exam is so very important.

Researchers have proven no methods for preventing testicular cancer, but your doctor may recommend regular self-examination of your testicles to help detect unusual lumps, especially if you are aged 15 to 34. You can examine your testicles most easily after a hot shower or bath because the heat loosens the skin of the scrotum and makes it easier to feel your testicles inside. Standing in front of mirror, check for any swelling of the scrotum. Next, using your thumb, index, and middle fingers, feel your testicles, which should be egg-shaped, smooth, and firm. Do not worry if one of your testicles is large than the other, as this is common. You will also feel your epididymis, the cord leading from the testicle toward the shaft of the penis.

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