SEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH: CHECK YOUR GRAPES
While testicular cancer only accounts for 1% of all cancers, it is the number one cancer in men ages 20-34. The risk may be high, but the survival rate is even higher. When detected early, over 90% of testicular cancer patients can be cured in a single treatment. Self-exams are super-easy, and let’s face it, you fiddle with your grapes enough each day that squeezing in a monthly exam shouldn’t be too difficult.
- Check one testicle at a time. It’s common for one grape to be larger or hang lower than the other.
- Hold the testicle between your thumbs and fingers of both hands and roll it gently between your fingers. You should feel your epididymis and spermatic cords located behind the testicle. Besides these, your testicle should feel like a grape.
- If you notice any hard lumps, smooth or rounded bumps or changes in size, shape or consistency, make an appointment to see a urologist.
It’s as easy as that! Check out this video or search “NSFW Testicular Self Exam” on YouTube for some educational how-to videos!