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Testicular Awareness

Why checking your testicles is necessary

What are Testicles?

All males have testicles which sit either side of the penis. The testicles are oval in shape and are part of the male sex organs. Testicles produce sperm which plays a huge part in human reproduction. Testicles also produce the male hormone testosterone which is important in puberty.

Why is it important to check my testicles?

Testicles are oval in shape but vary in size from person to person. The scrotum holds both testicles. It’s important to check your testicles so that you can spot any changes in your body. You need to look after your scrotum and check your testicles regularly. That way you’ll spot any signs of changes which may lead to testicular cancer.

Warning signs to look out for….

  • Lump or swelling in one of the testicles
  • A dull ache in the scrotum
  • A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum

If you are experiencing any of these things book an appointment to see your family doctor and get them checked out. Most lumps and changes are nothing to worry about, but it’s important to know your own body, and to get any changes checked straight away.

Did you know around 2,200 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year in the UK?

How common is testicular cancer?

  • Testicular cancer tends to affect younger men between the ages of 15-49 years old.
  • Although it’s not common, testicular cancer cases have doubled since the 1970s? It’s unclear why this is the case but even more reason to check your testicles regularly.

How to get help

Worried about a lump and want to talk to someone? Don’t panic, make an appointment to see your family doctor.

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