Testicular Self-Exam (cont.)
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How to Do a Testicular Self-Examination
The best time to examine testicles is during or after a shower or bath. The warm water allows the scrotum to relax and the testicles to drop down. The left testicle normally hangs a bit lower than the right. It is common for one testicle to be larger than the other one.
Young men should examine themselves once a month. More frequent exams actually may result in missing a slowly changing lump.
How to conduct a testicular self-exam
When to Call the Doctor as a Result of a Testicular Self Exam
If you find a lump, contact a doctor to set up an appointment for evaluation. In addition to cancer, there are other causes of abnormal lumps. The doctor should examine you to make the correct determination of the cause. The doctor can instruct you on the correct way to do a testicular self-examination.
Testicular Cancer Diagnosis
If a suspicious lump exists, the physician may order tests to assist in making the diagnosis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/18/2016
Patrick R Frey, MD
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