The best hope for early detection is a simple 3 minute self-exam. The best time is after a warm bath or shower, when the scrotal skin is most relaxed. Roll each testicle gently between the thumb and fingers of both hands. If you find any lumps or nodules, you should see the doctor promptly.
It is also a good idea to perform regular genital self-examinations. To do this, look at the entire penis, beginning with the head and progressing down the shaft to the base. Try to notice any of the following:
Continue by spreading the pubic hair to check the skin underneath, and then check the underside of the penis. It is sometimes difficult to see this part clearly, so it may help to use a mirror. Then check the scrotum for the same symptoms. Other symptoms of STDs include burning during urination or unusual drip or discharge from the penis.
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