When should I start doing regular testicular self-examinations (TSE)?

Mark S. Litwin, MD
Men should start doing self-examinations for testicular cancer at about age 17 or 18, when they're adults. They should continue until they are 40. Beyond age 40, the risk of testicular cancer goes down so much that doctors don’t feel self-examination is necessary.
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. Testicular cancer occurs in men of all ages but is the most common cancer among men aged 15-34. If you have a family history of testicular cancer, you should ask your doctor about starting your monthly self-checks and doctor visits at 15 years or even earlier.

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