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.
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!