Maybe you don’t usually give your nuts much thought. 70% of men say they never have or don’t regularly check their nuts. But getting to know what feels normal can help you identify when something feels off which could be an early sign of testicular cancer.
So go on. Have a feel.
If you don’t really know how to start, the Movember guide to checking your nuts can help.
Just like any part of your body, nuts experience an array of very normal changes. Not all irregularities mean cancer. But if you notice a lump on your testicle that wasn’t there before, or are concerned about any pain or swelling, it’s best to let a doctor get up close and personal to see what’s going on.
It’s also a great idea to have a doctor examine your nuts as part of your regular check-up. Find someone that you trust and feel comfortable talking to about all of your health issues — especially the ones you find a little embarrassing.
Okay, so you've noticed a swollen testicle, a lump, or your testicles hurt a little — something just feels wrong or unusual. Don't panic, but don’t wait around either.
Book a doctor’s appointment and get checked out as soon as you can. While it might feel awkward, doctors do checks like this all the time — it’s not awkward for them. They’ll be able to take a look at what’s going on and tell you if they want any tests done to get more information.