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What to expect from a testicular cancer check-up

Alright. You've made your check-up appointment. Nice job!

This is an important first step in working out how to know if you have testicular cancer. Your regular doctor (like your primary care doctor or GP ⁠⁠— depending on what you call them) can help set you straight.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TESTICLE EXAM?

Talking to your doctor

Don't beat around the bush. Tell your doctor why you're there ⁠— whether it’s because you think you’ve found a lump on one or both of your testicles, or you’re experiencing some pain or swelling. No matter your concern, your doctor has heard it all before. Promise.

They’ll probably ask you some more questions and get a gauge on if you’ve been experiencing any other symptoms or issues.

Testicle exam

The doctor will want to check your testicles to see if there’s a problem. Try to relax ⁠— they've done this many times before.

They might ask you to lie down for the exam, or you might be able to do it standing. Feel free to use your hand to move your penis out of the way while they give your testicles a quick check. Working with your doctor will be a big help.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR TESTICLE EXAMS

What happens next?

This check-up will probably have one of two outcomes:

  • The doctor tells you not to worry and sends you on your way.

  • The doctor sends you for some simple tests like an ultrasound, a blood test or a urine test. They probably won’t have enough information yet about what’s going on, but these tests can help to detect testicular cancer if it’s there.

Either way, your doctor's visit is now over. Breathe a sigh of relief and walk out with your head held high, knowing that you've taken a huge, positive step forward in taking charge of your own health. You’ve got this.

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