How to perform a testicular cancer self-examination
By stripping off in front of thousands, the new Full Monty cast want to prove that men don’t need to be embarrassed about going to their doctors to get an examination. To prove just that, Dr Chris here to give Alexander Armstrong a testicular cancer test live on air.
HOW TO PERFORM A TESTICULAR CANCER SELF-EXAMINATION
The best time to perform a self-check is after a warm shower or bath when the skin is relaxed
Hold your scrotum in the palms of your hands and use your fingers and thumbs to examine your testicles
Check each testicle individually, and look for any swelling on the skin
Then firmly, but gently roll the testicle between your fingers and thumbs to feel for any irregularities on the surface or texture of the testicle
Become familiar with the epididymis, a soft rope-like structure on the back of your testicle - you shouldn't mistake this for a lump
Testicles are often a different shape to each other, or one may hang lower, but if one is dramatically different, or changed from your previous check, see a doctor.
SYMPTOMS OF PROSTATE CANCER
Needing to urinate more often than usual, including at night. It's also important to look out for a difficulty in starting to urinate.
Straining or taking a long time to finish urinating
A weak flow when you urinate
A feeling that you're not emptying your bladder fully
Needing to rush to the toilet, sometimes leaking before you get there