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Testicular Cancer

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Early Detection

There are no tests available to screen for testicular cancer. To date, no studies have been done to find out whether testicular self-exams, regular exams by a health practitioner, or other screening tests in men with no symptoms would decrease the risk of testicular cancer deaths.

  • Some health practitioners recommend that males between the ages of 15 and 55 perform a monthly self-examination to identify any changes in their testicles.
  • Most health practitioners agree that a testicular exam should be part of every general physical exam.
  • The American Cancer Society recommends a testicular exam as part of a routine cancer-related checkup, but it does not have a recommendation regarding testicular self-exams for all males.
  • Males who are at increased risk for testicular cancer may wish to consider performing monthly self-exams.

To find out how to perform a testicular self-exam, visit the Urology Care Foundation website.

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