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Testicular Self-Examination

Alternate Names : TSE

Overview & Description | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

The testicular self-exam is a way to screen for testicular cancer early when it is easiest to cure. During this test, a man examines each of his testicles for abnormal lumps. It should be done regularly because testicular cancer has few obvious symptoms.

Who is a candidate for the test?

All men who have already undergone puberty should perform a testicular self-examination every month. A male whose testes didn't descend into the scrotum by age 3 has a greater risk of testicular cancer.

How is the test performed?

A testicular self-examination (TSE) is done at home. To do a TSE, a man should raise his right leg and rest the foot on a chair. By gently moving the right testicle between the thumb and fingers of one hand he should feel for any lumps on its surface. He should then switch to his left foot on the chair and repeat these actions on the left testicle.

A man should report any abnormalities, including lumps or an enlarged testicle, to his healthcare provider right away.


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Testicular Self-Examination: Preparation & Expectations

Author: David T. Moran, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 08/20/01

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