Apparently men like to check what’s going on in their trousers an average of seven times a day.
But despite being quite au fait with their own testicles, two-thirds of men have never let a professional check any issues, according to a survey.
The survey of 2,000 people, carried out by KP Nuts and Movember, said men clutch at their balls when they are nervous and some admitted to rearranging themselves at their desks.
A quarter (23%) say they have cause to touch them at least 10 times a day and one per cent even say they check on their nuts at least 50 times in 24 hours.
But the survey also highlights how many men aren’t taking testicular cancer seriously as 62% said they haven’t had their balls checked by a doctor in over 10 years, and 11% said they never check themselves.
Most said they pay more attention if they suffer an injury to their nether regions.
Popular injuries included being hit by a ball during sport or being smacked by a child but more unusually, 5% said they’ve injured their testicles by accidentally smearing deep heat on them.
It found that one in seven (14 per cent) have hurt them simply by sitting awkwardly while one per cent admitted to being a bit red in the balls due to sunburn.
Kevin McNair, Marketing Director at KP Snacks, commented on the findings:
“Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men and in most cases, if caught early, there is a 95% chance of survival.
It’s incredibly worrying that only 7% of men talk to their friends about checking their nuts for cancer and only a third of have had them checked professionally in the last ten years.
We want to raise awareness of how important it is for men to take control of their testicle health.”
How to check your balls
Rather than just giving your testicles a squeeze, check them properly for any issues.
Movember suggests giving your testicles a bit of a feel each month or so. It takes just minutes to do.
Roll one nut between thumb and fingers to get to know what’s normal and repeat with the other one. 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.