TESTICLES – “get a grip”

Testículos, testicules, Hoden, όρχεις, 睾丸,magairlí, komurumurua, яйца….. in any language they are special to us guys. So, we’d better start looking after them.

INTERESTING TESTICLE FACTS

  • “Testicles” is a word you can say to break an awkward silence in a room with three or more people to elicit spontaneous laughter.
  • Almost half of all cases of testicular cancer are in men between the ages of 20 and 34.
  • Women love to kick, knee, squeeze, or otherwise abuse them.
  • When struck, testicles cause extreme pain.
  • “Testicles” forms part of the Pope’s BIG FOUR of things to remember before you leave the house – “Spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch.”
  • The risk of testicular cancer among white men is about 5 times that of black men, and more than 3 times that of Asian Americans.

As Kenny Rogers once sang… “You got to know when to hold ‘em.

Don’t be The Gambler, check your nuts.

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HOW TO DO A SELF EXAM

The best time to do the self-exam is during or after a bath or shower, when the skin of the scrotum is relaxed. To do a testicular self-exam:

  • Hold your penis out of the way and check one testicle at a time.
  • Hold the testicle between your thumbs and fingers of both hands and roll it gently between your fingers (just like a fine Cohiba cigar).
  • Look and feel for any hard lumps or smooth rounded bumps or any change in the size, shape, or consistency of the testes.
  • If you feel something out of the ordinary DON’T ignore it…. GO see the doctor!

Guys, if it takes more than ten minutes to do a self-exam you’re probably not doing a “self-exam” anymore (ahem).

A second opinion is often handy so, if possible, get your partner to check them… GENTLY.  At Movember Cayman we like to encourage partners to check them at least once a day, twice on a Friday night, and several times over a weekend, followed by breakfast in bed with the Sunday newspapers OR at the very minimum every birthday, anniversary and Christmas!

Once you have checked your testicles a few times, you will learn what is normal for you and be able to tell when something is different. Always report any changes to a doctor right away. We only have one set of plums/rocks/ nuts/ stones and/or sugar lumps etc) – LOOK AFTER THEM!

MO Info: http://us.movember.com/mens-health/testicular-cancer