Doing a testicular exam is quick and easy. Ideally, you should do it once a day as follows:
- Cup one testicle at a time using both hands (it’s best to do this after a shower or bath).
- Examine it by rolling your testicle between your thumb and fingers, using slight pressure.
- Familiarise yourself with the spermatic cord and epididymis – these are the tube-like structures that connect on the back side of each testicle.
- Feel for lumps, change in size or other irregularities. If you notice any, head to your healthcare professional immediately.
Besides regular self-examinations, you should schedule an annual check-up for prostate cancer if you are over the age of 40.