What Is Testicular Cancer? [video]

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What is testicular cancer?

Mr. Christopher Eden: Testicular cancer is a cancer of the body of the testes, in other words, the part of the testes that produces sperm, and the peak incidence of testicular cancer is in men between the ages of 17 and 35, but there is a second peak at around about 70. The 2 histological subtypes of testicular cancer are seminoma and teratoma. There are other types of tumor, but those are the 2 common ones.

What are the symptoms of testicular cancer?

The primary symptom of testicular cancer is a lump within the testis. It isn't pain. This is a misconception that's often held both by patients and doctors. It's usually a painless lump often found by accident and not always by the patient. Occasionally by the patient's partner.

When should a guy check his testicles for lumps?

The ideal time to check your testes for lumps is when you're in the bath or shower, not just because you're undressed but also because the cremaster muscle--this is the muscle within the skin of the scrotum--is at its most relaxed, so it's then most easy to check the contour of both testes, and it's sensible as least once a week. Pick a day, Sunday morning, to check your testes at least once a week.

What is the correct way to check the testicles for lumps?

Well, there isn't any one particular technique that you need to adopt. If you're in the bath or shower the cremaster muscle is nice and loose. You can feel both testes easily. It's literally just between your finger and thumb feeling the contour of all of your testis on one side and then on the other.

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