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The How-To Lounge: Testing Your Man For Testicular Cancer

Just as guys help their girlfriends and wives check for breast cancer, you can help your man check for testicular cancer. You might not know this, but it's the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 40; a pretty scary stat! If it's found early though, it's highly treatable, so it's important to encourage your man to check for lumps or changes in his testicles, and you can help too. Here's how:

  • Find a time when your man isn't wearing underwear, but not before or after sex for two reasons: One, it's a total mood killer to think about cancer when you're trying to be intimate, and two, if your man is aroused, his testicles will be too swollen and sensitive to get a good feel.
    • First do a visual check. Usually one testicle hangs a little lower, which is totally normal. What you're looking for is any swelling in the skin.
    • Then take both hands and gently cup his testicles — check both carefully. Keep in mind that testicles are usually smooth, oval-shaped, somewhat firm, and one testicle may be be larger than the other. As you gently roll his business between your thumb and forefingers, feel for lumps, swelling, or hardness. You may feel a cord leading from the top of each testicle, but that's normal too. When you do this check-up once a month, be on the lookout for any changes.
    • If you think you've found something, or your man has noticed pain or aching in his groin area, he should get in to see his doctor ASAP.


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sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I didn't realise it was between the ages of 15 and 40! WOAH. I had no idea guys could develop this cancer so young. What are the preventative methods they can use? I do check my boyfriend's testicles... regularly. Whenever I'm down there I just make sure it's all OK. I didn't realise I should have been doing this regardless though! I have a nurse/doctor check my breasts for me once/twice a year. Breast cancer doesn't run in my family though and I'm not high risk. I just wouldn't know how to do it myself - some of the muscle tissue feels different sometimes and it's hard to tell. The doctor always knows!
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
Wouldn't they start getting aroused if a girl starts fondling their testicles? I'd have to try that an hour after sex or so.
lifeloveandlattes lifeloveandlattes 8 years
Great tips, every girl should know about this so she can help educate her boyfriend :o)
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
This seems near impossible... if my bf is naked n im like a good .. 10feet infront of him hes horny... but arent all men like that with their women? I guess ill tell him to do it himself... ha
RubberDogTurds RubberDogTurds 8 years
do guys normally get yearly physicals and do they check that every time? For example, they don't check my breasts for lumps at physical exams but rather at the gyno. I guess I could just ask my bf but i just never though about this
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
I have a good friend who was diagnosed with testicular cancer 2 weeks before his 22nd birthday. They removed the testicle and he went through chemo and is now cancer-free. His doctor felt a lump when he was in for his yearly physical. I know most guys (like my husband) don't do yearly physicals... so it is important for you and them to keep on eye on their health!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
I think this is super important, but I know the guys I am with would just get turned on and keep me from my work.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i had a friend who died of testicular cancer in college. he had major swelling and the doctors kept telling him it was nothing. he finally asked one of his buddies for an opinion of whether or not it might be a hernia (because the buddy had had a bad one in the past) and as soon as he saw it, he said "go to the hospital!" they didn't release him for a couple days and less than a year later, he died. he was only 21. i don't know for sure, but i'm assuming that if he had done a check before the growth got huge, he would have been in much better shape for treatment. as awkward as this may seem, to actually do this to my boyfriend at a time where he's not aroused (because why else would i be in that region??), i think i'm going to bring it up, just to be safe
Fallen85 Fallen85 8 years
Wow, the tummy in the pic looks so much like my boyfriend's tummy it's scary! Except my boyfriend isnt waxed... he's got a nice dark treasure trail :P
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