Phillip Martin Pierorazio, M. Testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers among young men, yet many are unfamiliar with the disease and how easily they can play a role in detecting it. To help, testicular cancer expert Philip Pierorazio from the Brady Urological Institute explains how — and why — you should perform regular self-checks. Some experts doubt the usefulness of testicular self-exams, but these checkups can help men catch testicular cancer early.
Testicular Exams (for Teens) - Main Line Health
Testicular self-examination TSE is a procedure for checking for early testicular cancer , where a man examines his own testicles and scrotum for possible lumps or swelling, performed on a regular basis starting from puberty. It is usually undertaken after a warm bath or shower while standing at home. Testicular cancer is uncommon, affects mainly men between ages 15 and 49 and typically presents with a painless testicular lump, or change in shape or texture of the testicles. However, the effectiveness of performing routine TSE in people without symptoms, in reducing morbidity and mortality from testicular cancer is not known. Not all organisations endorse the procedure as a screening test, arguing that it may lead to unnecessary treatments. The testicles, also known as testes, are the oval-shaped male reproductive organs located in the scrotum under the penis, and produce sperm and the hormone testosterone.
Signs and Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
You should do this once a month. Although rare, testicular cancer occurs mostly in young men between the ages of 15 and The problem is that young men may not check their testicles or they may be too embarrassed to tell someone that they think something is wrong.
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