Men’s Health Month
During the month of June, we celebrate the first day of summer, Father’s Day and Men’s Health Awareness. The purpose of Men’s Health Awareness month is to encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. According to the Men’s Health Network, testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in men ages 15-35. Most testicular cancers can be cured but early detection can start with a testicular self-exam (TSE) (National Cancer Institute, 2018).
All-boys and men are encouraged to perform a TSE and check for any lumps or slightly enlarged testicles. According to the American Cancer Association (2018) the best time for boys and men to check for lumps is during or after a bath or shower, when the scrotum is relaxed:
- Hold your penis out of the way and examine each testicle separately.
- Hold your testicle between your thumbs and fingers with both hands and roll it gently between your fingers.
- Look and feel for any hard lumps or nodules (smooth rounded masses) or any change in the size, shape or consistency of your testicles.
Boys and men 15 years old and older should perform routine testicular self-exams, and contact or visit their healthcare provider for an examination. Georgia State University’s Student Health Clinic offers testicular exams to students and other health related services.
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