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Facts & Figures

  • 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year in the UK – that’s more than 6 per day
  • Testicular cancer is 98% curable if detected early – meaning men surviving 10 years or more
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15-45 – with the highest incidence in men aged 30-34
  • Testicular cancer is on the rise – incidence rates have increased by more than a quarter since the early 1990’s

Signs & Symptoms

  • Lump
  • Pain
  • Hardness
  • Swelling
  • Heaviness
  • If you have any of the symptoms of testicular cancer, or have discovered anything not normal for you – then you must visit a medical professional. Don’t let embarrassment kill you, don’t be afraid to talk bollocks

How to Check

  1. Step One: Check one testicle at a time using both hands (after a hot bath or shower)
  2. Step Two: Firmly but gently roll your testicle between your thumb and fingers (don’t squeeze too hard!)
  3. Step Three: Get to know your Epididymis (your sperm cord – which can be rather tender)
  4. Step Four: Feel for the signs & symptoms of testicular cancer – or anything not normal for you (it’s normal for one to be bigger)
  5. Repeat every month
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Risk Factors

  • Family history – if your brother or father had testicular cancer you are 4-8 times more likely to develop it
  • Previous testicular cancer – if you have previously been diagnosed with testicular cancer you are 12-18 times more likely to develop cancer in the remaining testicle (it’s important to attend follow-up appointments)
  • Undescended testicles (cryptorchidism) – the risk is greater in men where the condition isn’t corrected, or who haven’t had the surgery by age 11-13


  • Testicular cancer isn’t caused by kicks or injuries to the balls (but if you have any persistent pain, swelling or lump following an injury, you should still visit a medical professional to check it out)
  • Testicular cancer isn’t infectious – and can’t be passed on to other people
  • Having a vasectomy does not increase your risk of testicular cancer
  • A prostate exam does not check for testicular cancer (it only checks for signs & symptoms of prostate cancer)

Text Reminders

  • Text BALLS to 70300 to receive your free monthly text reminder to check your balls for testicular cancer – awareness direct to your pocket!
  • Standard network rates apply for your initial sign up text, after which all texts you receive from The Robin Cancer Trust are free
  • Text STOP to 70300 to unsubscribe
  • The Robin Cancer Trust will keep your details safe and secure and will not pass them on to any third parties
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