Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer accounts for approximately 0.7% of all cancers. It’s the most common cancer in men between the age of 20 and 35. Approximately 1,960 men are diagnosed with the condition each year in the UK. Around 70 people die every year from testicular cancer.

Cancers found early are the easiest to treat. ᅠThe best way to check for testicular cancer is to examine yourself once a month after a warm bath or shower, when the scrotal skin is relaxed. ᅠHold your scrotum in the palms of your hands, so that you can use the fingers and thumb on both hands to examine your testicles.

Gently feel each testicle individually. ᅠAny noticeable increase in size or weight many mean something is wrong. ᅠYou should feel a soft tube at the top and back of the testicle, which is normal. ᅠᅠThe testicle itself should be smooth with no lumps or swellings. ᅠIf you do find a swelling in your testicle, make an appointment and have it checked by your ᅠGP as soon as possible.

For more information on testicular cancer please visit the Macmillan Cancer Support website.