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A Quarter of UK Men Have Never Checked Themselves For Testicular Cancer

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

More than a quarter (26%) of British males have never checked themselves for signs of testicular cancer, while a further 15% only check themselves once a year or less. 

A new study, commissioned by health experts at Livi, the online GP service, has found that surprising numbers of men are not checking themselves for testicular cancer, despite it becoming increasingly common.

Younger generations appear to be significantly less likely to check their testicles, with nearly half (46%) of 18–24-year-olds admitting that they had never checked themselves for cancer. This is particularly concerning, as testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer amongst young men, particularly those in their early 30s. 

However, older generations appeared to be significantly more likely to check themselves. Those aged 25–34 years old were found to be the most likely, with only 21% stating they had never checked their testicles.  

The survey also revealed which signs of the cancer men are most likely to recognise. Over three quarters (77%) of men recognised lumps as a symptom, but only a third (34%) identified heaviness in the scrotum and a difference in appearance between the testicles (33%) as potential signs. 

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The Five Most Recognisable Signs Of Testicular Cancer 

  1. Lumps – 77% knew this was a sign 
  2. Enlargement of testicles – 58% 
  3. Pain or discomfort in testicles – 46% 
  4. Heaviness in scrotum – 34% 
  5. Difference in appearance between testicles – 33% 

How To Check

  • The best time to check yourself is during, or after a warm bath or shower. This helps to relax the testicles and make them easier for you to examine. 
  • You should hold your testicle in your palm and gently examine each one with your thumb and forefinger.  
  • You’re looking for any type of abnormality, or difference in feel. Your testicles should feel smooth and firm, but not hard. 
  • Make sure you check yourself regularly and if you notice any lumps, or hardness in the testicles, get yourself checked by a medical professional as soon as possible.

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