Know Your Nuts!

Try to think of a physical like a multi-point inspection at the mechanic. It’s just due diligence, plain and simple. If the mechanic tells you a belt needs tightening, it’s better than blowing the entire engine, right?

If you’ve never had a physical, that’s OK! Because April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, we thought we’d prepare you for the good, the bad, and the ugly of a physical (it’s mostly good, for the record).

Most Canadian provinces suggest that doctors only provide annual check-ups to higher-risk patients, but it’s important to always follow your doctor’s advice. So whether or not you’re due for a check-up, it’s good to know what you can expect when it happens:

  1. Health History — This includes medications taken, family hereditary issues, your living environment, diet, and exercise. Remember: This is not a values test! Be honest, and know that any doctor’s advice benefits you and your family.
  2. Pee in a cup — A urine and blood test helps uncover any hidden ailments like high cholesterol, STIs, and can screen for conditions such as heart disease, prostate tumors and colorectal cancer.
  3. Juggling the family jewels — A professional, respectful once-over of your testicles and penis is key to a guy’s physical. The exam is over before you know it and lets your doc screen for testicular tumors, hernia and other concerns.

Source: What Happens During a Male Physical Exam?

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CD
April 19, 2018

I would also recommend regular testicular self-examinations.

Early detection of heaviness/firmness in one of my testicles (and prompt medical attention) saved my life from cancer and led to much less extensive treatment.