Could you please explain self exam of the testicles.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The previous thoughts were well warranted.  I would only add that the self exam should be done at regular intermittent periods to fully grasp what feels normal and what might be new growth or appearance.  While you are performing the TSE, I think it's important to also keep in mind if there are any dull pains you experience or anything sudden in terms of pain which emerges as a result of the self exam.  It's important to ensure that the exam thoroughly addresses both testicles as well as the epididymis, the sperm carrying tube on the back of each testicle.  This might be a natural bump that is felt.  There might be lumps or bumps that are present which are not attached to either of the testicles.  These free floating lumps are not necessarily signs of anything abnormal, but simply present.  It is understood that a doctor is the only one that can make a positive diagnosis of any adverse condition with the testicles.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Testicular self examination is recommended for males 15 years of age and older. Primary care physicians should encourage male patients to learn this technique. Experts believe that the death rate from these cancers could be greatly reduced if more men practiced this monthly exam because early detection is key in fighting the disease. Some testicular cancers spread and metastasize quickly.

The exam should follow these guidelines: take a warm shower or bath, this helps to relax the scrotum, feel each testicle with both hands. Any lumps, discomfort, or discharge should be noted. Roll each testicle between the fingers and thumb, this helps to assess the entire testicle. Testicular cancers often feel like a pea under the skin.

Any abnormalities should be promptly discussed with your physician.

Diagnostics/Springhouse/p. 703