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Why should men consider doing a testicle self-exam every month?

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Unless you have certain risk factors, such as a brother or father who has or had testicular cancer, the American Cancer Society (ACS) says there aren't enough studies to make monthly exams a recommendation.

But because the cancer is so easy to treat when found early, even the ACS says many doctors recommend the exam. And besides finding cancer early, the exam can help you find other problems that may need to be treated.

From: Testicle Self-Exam WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Testicular Cancer Resource Center: "How to Do a Testicular Self-Examination."

American Cancer Society: "Do I Have Testicular Cancer?" "What Are the Key Statistics About Testicular Cancer?"

Mayo Clinic: "Testicular Exam."

MedlinePlus: "Testicular self-examination.”

American Family Physician: "Testicular Cancer: What to Look for."

National Cancer Institute: Defining Cancer."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Testicular Cancer Resource Center: "How to Do a Testicular Self-Examination."

American Cancer Society: "Do I Have Testicular Cancer?" "What Are the Key Statistics About Testicular Cancer?"

Mayo Clinic: "Testicular Exam."

MedlinePlus: "Testicular self-examination.”

American Family Physician: "Testicular Cancer: What to Look for."

National Cancer Institute: Defining Cancer."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

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