Health bosses from NHS Yorkshire and the Humber are urging men in the region to check themselves for the signs of testicular cancer and are encouraging them to seek help if they feel something is wrong.
This week (23 – 29April) is Male Cancer Awareness Week and by doing a simple check on a regular basis men can spot any problems early giving themselves the best chance of making a full recovery.
Director for public health at NHS North of England, Paul Johnstone, said:
“It is important to check your testicles regularly. Cancer is easier to treat when it is diagnosed early on. If you regularly examine your testicles, you are likely to notice any swelling or abnormalities when they are at an early stage of development.
“We all know that men sometimes find it difficult when it comes to seeking help about problems such as these, however, you should never ignore a lump or a swelling. It is very important to visit your GP as soon as you notice any lump or swelling on your testicle.”
· The best time to check your testicles is after a warm shower or bath because this is when your scrotal skin will be most relaxed.
· Hold your scrotum in the palms of your hands, and use your fingers and thumbs to examine your testicles. You should first feel the size and weight of your testicles.
· If you notice any significant increase in the size or weight of your testicles, it could be a sign that something is wrong. See your GP for advice.
· When you examine your testicles, they should feel smooth with no lumps or swellings.
· If you find a lump or a swelling while checking your testicles, visit your GP as soon as possible.
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NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, part of NHS North of England