Testicular cancer strikes young.

Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among young Irish men aged 15-34.

So, know your nuts. It’s that simple.

The best thing you can do for your testicles is give them a bit of a feel on a regular basis, and if something doesn’t seem right, head to the doctor.

Get the lowdown.
Our guide to checking your nuts.

Get steamy. A warm shower will put your nuts in the mood.
Roll one nut between thumb and fingers to get to know what’s normal.
Repeat with the other nut.

If you notice a change in size or shape, a lump that wasn’t there before, or if they become painful to touch, see a doctor. 
Don’t panic, but do get it checked out.

Download our hands-on guide to getting friendly with your testes

Who’s at risk?

Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among young Irish men aged 15-34.

Men with undescended testes at birth, or who have a family history, like a father or brother who has had testicular cancer, are at an increased risk. And if you’ve had testicular cancer before, there’s also a heightened risk it could return.

The facts about testicular cancer

Testicles are responsible for the production of male hormones (mostly testosterone) and sperm. Testicular cancer starts as an abnormal growth or tumour that develops in one or both testicles. There are several types of testicular cancer, but the most common is the germ cell tumour.

If you've been diagnosed with testicular cancer

The most important step is to talk to your doctor about treatment choices. You may consider getting a second or third doctor’s opinion.

Hear from Mo Bro Ben Bowers about his experience with his testicular cancer.

Treatment options

Testicular cancer is a highly treatable cancer and can be effectively treated, and often cured, if diagnosed and treated early. Advanced testicular cancer can also be cured with treatment including:

  • Orchiectomy (surgical removal of the affected testis), done under general anesthetic
  • Chemotherapy or radiotherapy, often prescribed after surgery to treat any remaining cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body, such as lymph nodes

Side effects

Testicular cancer and the removal of one testicle should not alter your ability to have sex or have children. The effect on fertility following removal of one of the testicles is minimal as a single testicle produces such large numbers of sperm. Men with testicular cancer should talk to their oncologist about sperm banking before commencing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

If you would like to talk to a cancer nurse about testicular cancer, you can call the Irish Cancer Society on1800 200 700