An astonishing number of men do not know how to perform a self-administered testicular exam.
In fact, according to the show This Morning, 68% of men do not know how to administer a testicular exam on themselves. This is a quite alarming fact being that testicular cancer is the “most commonly diagnosed cancer” in men ages 15-44, as communicated by cancer.net. And men aged 33 are mainly diagnosed with testicular cancer.
This Morning, a daytime show on itv.com, took the liberty of communicating the importance of testicular exams by performing a live tutorial on the show. A Doctor Chris performed the demonstration on the uninhibited Chris Hughes, a reality star from Love Island, also a show on itv.com.
Dr. Chris advises men to first take a hot shower or bath before performing the testicular exam. When doing so the scrotum releases due to the testicles being warm, which allows for an easier examination. He also recommends doing the examination in front of a mirror so that you have a clear view of what you are doing.
An interesting fact that Dr. Chris mentions is that the left side tends to hang lower than the right side, which is not abnormal as some might think. So don’t be alarmed that one testicle seems bigger than the other, it’s simply that one tends to hang lower than the other.
“In terms of examination it’s very, very simple,” Dr. Chris states in the live tutorial. “You just place your fingers behind the testicle at the back and your thumb at the front, the pads, not the tips. Now around the back, you can feel all these squidgy, jiggly bits – that’s the epididymis and that’s separate from the testicle. The thumb is examining the testicle, and you start at the top, in just a rolling motion, moving down the testicle the backup, coming across the testicle, sliding your thumb over the smooth surface of the testicle. Your hoping to find a nice smooth testicle, but if you’ve come across a lump, sort of the size of a pea, which is firm, that’s something that has to been seen by your GP [General Physician].
For more facts on testicular cancer visit Testicular Cancer: Statistics at cancer.net.