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A step-by-step guide to checking your balls


Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men in the UK, but it's also one of the most treatable. And as always, treatment is most effective when signs of cancer are caught early. To do this, you need to become intimately familiar with the shape and size of your balls. 

Here’s how to turn a casual fondle into a potentially life-saving manoeuvre.

When & where should I check my balls?

Do it after a hot shower or bath. Heat relaxes the scrotum, making it easier to identify any anomalies.

Stand up, possibly in front of a mirror, for a comprehensive view. It’s all about the angles. You can’t really do it too much (unless you squeeze too hard) - but once a month is a good goal.

How do I do it?

Take matters (and your balls) into your own hands. Get to know each ball’s normal weight and size by cupping it in your palm.

Changes are potential red flags. It's normal for one to be slightly larger or hang lower than the other. Just like snowflakes, every ball is different. But sudden changes could signal that something isn’t right. 


Roll each one between your thumb and fingers. You're feeling for lumps, swelling, or hardness. Spend a minute or so on each. 

Remember, the epididymis, a soft, rope-like structure on the back of each testicle, is normal.

What you're looking out for

Watch out for these signs:

  • A hard lump, the size of a pea, on the front or side.

  • Any swelling or unexpected enlargement.

  • A change in texture or unusual hardness.

  • Pain, heaviness, or discomfort that feels out of place.


If you find something...

Don’t panic.

Most symptoms don't indicate cancer, but they still warrant a check-up. Book an appointment with your doctor. It's a precaution that could save your life.

The numan take 

Check your balls. Make it part of your routine - as natural as shaving, showering, and applying cologne. A few minutes each month can eliminate doubts and bring peace of mind.

We've partnered with Cahonas Scotland to spread the word about testicular health. Together, we’ve got your back - and your front. 

Check out their site for the lowdown on testicular cancer, testemonials from men they’ve supported, details on how you can get involved, and to sign up for monthly self-check reminders.