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How to Perform a Testicular Self-Exam: Advice from Urologist Philip Pierorazio
Testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers among young men, yet many are unfamiliar with the disease and how easily they can play a role in detecting it. To help, testicular cancer expert Philip Pierorazio from the Brady Urological Institute explains how — and why — you should perform regular self-checks.
Why should I check my testicles for cancer?
Some experts doubt the usefulness of testicular self-exams, but these checkups can help men catch testicular cancer early. Although survival rates for all stages of the disease are relatively high, patients diagnosed later often undergo chemotherapy and radiation, which have unpleasant side effects. You should perform self-exams to spot cancer so it can be removed with surgery alone.