Male Routine Health Check
The testicular self-examination (TSE) is an easy way for guys to check their own testicles to make sure there aren’t any unusual lumps or bumps — which can be the first sign of testicular cancer.
Although testicular cancer is rare in teenage guys, overall it is the most common cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 35. It’s important to try to do a TSE every month so you can become familiar with the normal size and shape of your testicles, making it easier to tell if something feels different or abnormal in the future.
Follow these steps to conduct a TSE:
1. This is best done after a warm shower when your scrotum is relaxed. If possible, stand in front of a mirror. Check your scrotal skin for any swelling.
2. Examine each testicle with both your hands. Place your middle and index finger under your testicle and your thumb on top. Be firm, but gently roll your testicle between your thumbs and your fingers to feel for any irregularities on the surface or texture of your testicle.
3. Find your epididymis, the soft, rope-like structure on the back of the testicle. If you are familiar with this structure, you won’t mistake it for a suspicious lump.
If you notice any changes or irregularities, see a doctor as soon as possible.
It’s also a good idea to get tested for STIs if you are sexually active or starting a new relationship and are interested in knowing your health status. However, it is not needed unless you are showing symptoms. Learn about STIs here. It is also advised to get a routine STI testing if you are a man who has sex with men.