It’s April, pals, which means it’s Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to give your skin purse a little self-examination just to make sure everything’s in order down there.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer for blokes aged 20 to 34, so it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms. According to Movember Foundation research, 70 per cent of young men aren’t performing regular checks, so it’s urging all of them to ‘Know Thy Nuts‘ and set aside a little time to check their balls.
The team has put together a handy little guide on how to perform the checks complete with some excellent graphics. Check it out below.
Look, you probably don’t have to apply the shower head directly to your sack, but you get the idea. If you feel a lump, pain, or a change in size or shape, get it checked out by a doctor. Once you know what normal feels like, checking takes less than a couple of minutes.
“Most of the time, testicular cancer presents as a lump or pain in the testicle, an increase in size or change in the way a testicle feels,” Global Director Testicular Cancer at the Movember Foundation, Sam Gledhill, said in a release. “An action as simple as knowing what feels normal and getting some medical advice if things change can, quite literally, save lives.”
As a guy who’s been through testicular cancer, I can’t stress enough how important it is to check regularly. If you catch it early, the cure rate is actually really high, so it’s good to be vigilant.
For me, I felt a small lump that wasn’t painful at first, but became really uncomfortable to touch, and often gave me the feeling of being kicked in the nuts. At the end of the day, if you feel like something’s not right, go get it checked out.
The Movember Foundation also made a video which you can and should check out below.
If you want more information on checks, treatment, and recovery, you should head here. Check your nuts, fellas. Do it.