Community service announcement: Balls

Hey everyone.
It’s a year ago today that I had a cancerous tumour removed along with my left testicle and all associated plumbing.

I just wanted to remind all of the males here on FOA to have a check of your balls. It doesn’t take long, and could save your life. I know that guys tend to not go to the doctor, but seriously, if you notice anything that’s a little odd, get it checked out. We’re lucky enough to live in a country with a bloody good health care system, so use it.

Take care,

I love this guy. Will go check my balls right now.

come give mine a squizz when you’re finished, james.

Waiting for comparisons with Lance…

But seriously Dr Chodak would like two minutes of your time:


Love your work Jono.

You might need these.

I had a good play… I mean check, of mine this morning… and last night.

in serious. what should i be looking for (other than two pea sized things?)

had a workmate send me this the other day. seems appropriate…


anybody want to check my balls?

23rd March, annual FOA ball “checking” day.

any irregularities.

someone diarize this.

that is a seriously shit verb.

Checked. A note for those who have been through the snip…there’ll be some lumps, but you’ll be able to spot anomalies pretty quick still.

So funny, yet serious…
Thank you for concern regarding my balls.

I like to drop the odd bit of management speak to keep you on your toes.

You won’t be saying that in 15 years.

yes i will.

I found this helpful:
[i][i]Testicular cancer can be deadly. Luckily, the disease is also easily curable — if a man finds it in time. Testicular cancer usually begins as a painless lump, which can be found without a doctor’s help. For his own good health, every man — not just older men — should know how to do a self-check of the testicles. In fact, testicular cancer most often appears in men from ages 15 to 35. Start in your teen years. Checking testicles for lumps is quick, painless, and can save a life.

The best time to perform a self-exam is after a hot shower or bath because the warm water allows the scrotum to relax and the testicles to drop down. You can do the check while you’re sitting, standing, or lying down.

1. Gently take each testicle and roll it between your thumb and forefinger to see if you detect anything different about how it feels compared with last time.

Your testicle should feel smooth and firm with a slight softness, a lot like a hard-boiled egg without the shell.

As a guide, compare your two testicles to each other.

It’s normal for one testicle to be slightly larger than the other and/or one to hang lower than the other.

The epididymis sits on top of the testicle. Some men examining themselves for testicular cancer mistake it for a strange lump. They get a real fright before a doctor explains to them what it is. (A coiled tube through which sperm swim and mature.) So what you need to have clear in your mind is that you are checking your testicle — the hard-boiled egg. The lumpy epididymis, which lies on top of the testicle, belongs there and is supposed to be lumpy but not tender.

3. If you do find something that feels different, pick up the phone right away and make an appointment to see a urologist.

Do this test around the same time each month to get into the habit.[/i][/i]

How to Physically Check for Testicular Cancer - For Dummies

I have reminder in my phone for the same day as my mortgage is due each month. seemed appropriate for some reason

So a bloody big “HAPPY ONE YEAR CLEAR” then Jono!! Nice work mate. See you Sund’y then.

So you are advocating a state by state group meet up where we check out each other’s balls every year, and then go for a ride and brews afterwards?