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A self-exam is a way for you to check for cancer of the testicles. Although testicular cancer is rare, it is one of the most common tumours in men younger than 35.
Many testicular cancers are found during self-exam. In the early stages of testicular cancer, the lump, which may be about the size of a pea, usually is not painful. Testicular cancer, especially if treated early, is very often cured.
By doing this self-exam regularly, you can learn the normal size, shape, and weight of your testicles. This allows you to note any changes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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