How to check?
Check Your Neck
You should regularly check your neck for any lumps often. Your neck has things called lymph nodes. These are shaped like beans and are part of your immune system, containing white blood cells that help you fight off illnesses. Sometimes they can swell up if you are unwell, like when you have an infection, but they can also be a sign of cancer.
If you find a lump that doesn’t go away, you should contact your doctor.
With the tips of your fingers, check your neck by starting behind your ears, moving down your jaw and then down the sides of your neck all the way down to your collar-bone that is just below the bottom of your neck. Make sure you check both sides for comparison.
Check Your Balls
If you have balls, you need to make sure you check them every month. This should be when you are standing up and when they are warm, so the best place is usually in the shower or after a bath. Get familiar with them, and make sure you know what is normal for you.
Roll each ball individually between your finger and thumb, they should be almost the same size and weight. To check the weight you can cup your hands under them to see how they feel.
You should look out for:
- A hard lump in one or both of your balls
- Swelling in a ball, or one ball getting larger than it usually is
- A ball feeling more firm than it usually does
- Pain in one or both of your balls
- Any other unusual differences between them both
If you notice anything unusual, you should always contact your doctor.