TSE is best performed after a bath or shower, when the scrotal muscles
are warm and relaxed. If you do the exam at another time, remove your underwear
so that your genitals are exposed.
Stand and place your right leg
on an elevated surface about chair height. Then gently feel your scrotal sac
until you locate the right testicle. Roll the testicle gently but firmly
between your thumb and fingers of both hands, carefully exploring the surface
for lumps. The skin over the testicle moves freely, making it easy to feel the
entire surface of the testicle. Repeat the procedure for the other side,
lifting your left leg and examining your left testicle. Feel the entire surface
of both testicles.
If you do notice a lump or swelling during TSE,
contact your doctor right away. Do not wait for the lump to go away. It may not
be cancer. But if it is testicular cancer, immediate treatment provides the
best chance for a cure.
January 4, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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