Testicular Self-Exams

Men's Health

Testicular Self-Exams

Testicular Self-exam (T.S.E) is a preventative health exam that men can do on their testicles at least once a month

Why do a T.S.E.?

Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men ages 15-35

The Warning Signs of Testicular Cancer:

  • A lump or hard area on the testicle
  • The whole testicle feels harder than usual
  • One side of the scrotum (the sac that holds the testicle) is swollen

What we know:

  • 8-14% of college-age men perform TSE's regularly
  • Early symptoms of testicular cancer often go unnoticed
  • The cure rate for testicular cancer is 95% if detected early

How to do a T.S.E.

  • After a shower, roll each testicle between your thumbs and fingers
  • A normal testicle is firm, smooth, and egg-shaped
  • One testicle may be a little harder than the other
  • The left testicle usually hangs lower in the scrotum
  • Feel the epididymis (where the sperm is "stored") behind the testicle. It should feel soft, rope-like, and slightly tender

Any Questions?

Call the Office of Health Education and Promotion, Health Services at 862-3823