The hormones that bring on the physical changes of puberty bring with them another, more worrisome possibility: testicular cancer. Fortunately, testicular cancer is relatively rare, accounting for about one percent of all cancers in men. It is, though, the most common form of cancer in males ages 20 to 35 but can occur in other age groups. Testicular cancer is usually curable if it is detected and treated early.
To be safe, you should examine your testicles monthly or as often as advised by your doctor. Regular examinations will help you get familiar with your body's natural architecture, so that you'll more easily recognize any unusual symptoms.
In the shower, roll each testicle between the forefinger and thumb, carefully checking all areas for hard lumps or bumps. Make note of any pain you experience. Later, in a mirror, look for evidence of discoloration, changes in skin texture, or open sores. If you notice anything suspicious, see your physician as soon as possible.
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