Now that we have your attention, how's your pair hangin'?

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men

Testicular cancer is the #1 cancer in younger guys. But good news: it's highly curable when caught early. Guys across the world are getting to know their nuts and you can too.

This Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, learn how to give your nuts a feel. Get to know what's normal for you. So if you notice a change - or that something doesn't feel right - you'll know to act on it.


Check your testicles in three easy steps

Step 1: Steam.

An illustration of a pear (which looks like a pair of testicles) in the shower

Warm up in a steamy shower. This relaxes and loosens your nuts, getting them ready to be checked.

Step 2: Roll.

An illustration of a hand feeling a pear (which looks like a pair of testicles)

With your thumb and finger, roll one testicle to get to know what’s normal for you. Check for any changes or anything painful.

Step 3: Repeat.

An illustration of a hand feeling a pear (which looks like a pair of testicles)

Now repeat with the other nut.

What to look for during a self-check

Your nuts should feel smooth and firm. Sensitive, but not painful. Get familiar with them so you have a baseline. Then look for unusual changes over time. Stuff like swelling, a lump on your testicle or changes in size, shape or consistency. It’s important to note that unusual swelling or soreness doesn’t automatically mean something's wrong.

Signs and symptoms of testicular cancer

Common signs and symptoms of testicular cancer include a hard lump on your testicle or unusual soreness. Other testicular cancer symptoms can include the feeling of heaviness in your scrotum (nut sack) or a dull ache or ongoing pain in your testicles, groin or lower back.

When to see a doctor

Found unexpected roughness or a lump on your testicle? Noticed a change in the size or shape of your nuts? Are they sore to touch? Time to tee up a visit to the doctor. When caught early, testicular cancer is highly curable.

Check and have no regrets like Fergus
Young man smiling to camera.
Check and have no regrets like Fergus

As a guy in my 20s, I figured there was no way anything was up, but I might as well check. That’s when I discovered a lump on one of my testicles. Within the next few days, I arranged to see my GP.

I was extremely fortunate to find out that it was not cancer, but an epididymal cyst, which was nothing to worry about. I am grateful for the Movember resources for ensuring that I was able to keep a cool head.

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The tools to tackle testicular cancer

In the unlikely event that you or someone you know is diagnosed with testicular cancer, Movember has your back.

Nuts & Bolts is our go-to website for reliable, straight-talking testicular cancer information, resources and guidance.

It’ll tell you about:

  • What causes testicular cancer
  • How a testicular cancer diagnosis works
  • How to talk to a doctor or urologist
  • Testicular cancer treatments, such as surgery (orchiectomy)
  • Fertility, sex and having children
  • How to get a personal testicular cancer guide