Testicular Examination

According to the World Health Organization, in 2008 Malta had an incidence rate of 4.1 per 100,000, and a mortality rate of 0.5 per 100,000. Early detection of testicular cancer is an important factor in its treatment. It is therefore important to carry out regular testicular exams by feeling the entire surface of testicles for small painless or uncomfortable lumps, and should be carried out monthly. The best time to do it is after a warm shower when the scrotal sac is relaxed. 

Don’t press too hard, as it really will hurt and remember, it’s not unusual for one ball to be larger or hang lower than the other, so don’t let this worry you.

If you’re not sure what’s right and what’s wrong or just need some reassurance, then make an appointment with your GP or at your local GU clinic.

Discovering the symptoms of testicular cancer at an early stage can be vital for effective treatment.

Warning signs

  • Testicular swelling.
  • A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.
  • A pea sized hard lump on the testicle.
  • A dull ache in the abdomen or groin.
  • Sharp pain around the testicle or in the scrotum.
  • A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum