The Alan Titchmarsh Show November 12th 2013. Movember- Supporting Mens Health Awareness Campaign

On today’s show  we a proudly supporting Movember ..

The month where men grow moustaches to raise awareness about men’s health. We are focusing on testicular cancer

Yes you may well have noticed that men seem particularly hairy this month. Chances are they are taking part in Movember
A fabulous charity campaign where men across the globe grow and groom a moustache for the month of November to raise awareness about men’s health particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues .
Testicular cancer is often described as a young mans disease because it typically presents in men aged 15 -45 years. This is the age group where men are less likely to worry about their health and less likely to check themselves regularly.

Testicular cancer develops in the testes, two small oval shaped sex organs, that sit in the scrotum on either side of the penis. The testes produce sperm and the male hormone testosterone.

When you have testicular cancer it typically presents as a painless lump or swelling in a testicle

Other symptoms include a dragging or heavy sensation in the scrotum, a change in size or shape of the scrotum, pain in the lower abdomen or groin and blood in the sperm

We don’t know exactly what causes it but we do know certain things
increase the risk:

Family HIstory
A history of Undescended testes
Smoking

I recommend that men check themselves at least once a month in the bath or shower.

1:LOOK
Gently cup the testicles in your hand. You are checking the weight of this testicles and making sure that one side hasn’t got larger or more swollen.
Remember it is normal for one side to be slightly bigger than the other and one side to hang slightly lower than the other but a change from your normal appearance is important to check with your Dr

2: FEEL

Place your fingers behind the testes ( ball) and thumb on the front and gently roll the ball between your fingers and thumb . You are feeling for lumps. It should be firm and smooth all the way around the testes
At the back you will feel a bobbly bit which may be a little sensitive when you touch it. This is called the epididymis and is a tightly coiled tube which carries sperm from the testes to the penis

See … It only takes a few seconds to do !

If you find a lump don’t panic. Most lumps don’t turn out to be cancer
Make an appointment to see your Dr to get things checked though
If it is cancer early diagnosis could be life saving.