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Lump On Left Testicle

Published: 31 March 2001
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I am a 17-year-old male. I watched a show called the Tom Green show and it said to do a self-exam of your testicles so I decided to do it. When I examined them I felt a lump on my left testicle. I researched this a little bit on the Internet and the web sites said that it could be testicular cancer. What should I do? Visit a doctor or just see if goes away?

Signed: Lump On Left Testicle

Dear Lump On Left Testicle,

 

It's commendable that you started doing testicular self-exams and follow up research. TeenHealthFX congratulates you on taking responsibility for your health.

 

The Testicular Self-Exam (TSE) is a simple examination that you can do on your testicles to help identify what is normal and not normal for your testicles, any changes in shape or size, pain or tenderness in the area and any unusual lumps or bumps. Here is a brief description on how to do a TSE?

  1. Perform your exam after a warm shower. This will helps your testicles (scrotum area) to be relaxed and drop down.
  2. Examine each testicle using both hands. Your thumbs should be placed on the top side of your testicle and your index and middle finger should be place on the back side of testicle.
  3. Gently roll your each testicle between the thumbs and the fingers.
  4. Do this to each testicle.
  5. Visually inspect your genital area looking for any skin discoloration or bumps.

What's normal? What not?

  • Your testicles should be about the size and shaped like an egg.
  • It is normal for your left testicle to sometimes hang lower than the right.
  • It should feel smooth and rubbery.
  • You should not feel any lumps. Pay attention and look for any small, hard pea shaped lumps.
  • Your testicles should not hurt or have any pain.
  • You should not have a feeling of heaviness in your groin area.

What should you do? TeenHealthFX thinks you should go see your doctor right away to have the lump examined. There are many possibilities most of which are fine or benign. The good news about testicular cancer is that it is very rare and highly curable when detected early.

 

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood.

 

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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