All guys, from the age of 15 years, should know how their testicles normally look and feel. Knowing what is normal and reporting any changes to your doctor may help find cancer earlier. Early detection of testicular cancer can make a difference in the treatment of the disease.
Chances are you are on this page because you’ve read the Canadian Cancer Society’s Nut Facts brochure and are looking for more info.
If not, click here to review the 10 things a guy ought to know about his testicles (available in English and French)
There is no single cause of testicular cancer but some factors seem to increase a guy’s risk, such as:
- delayed descent of the testicles (if not corrected early)
- age – particularly between 15 and 49
- family or personal history of testicular cancer
- abnormal development of the testicle
Some guys develop testicular cancer without having any of these risk factors. The best way to protect yourself is to check your boys on a regular basis.