MEN in Worcestershire are being encouraged to check themselves regularly for signs of testicular cancer so the disease can be treated as quickly as possible.

As part of this week’s Male Cancer Awareness Week health experts are urging men in the county to speak to their GP if they have any concerns.

While testicular cancer is relatively uncommon, it is the most common form of the sickness to affect men aged between 15 and 44, with about 2,090 people every year diagnosed with the disease.

But health experts have said carrying out regular checks will give the best chance of spotting a problem early.

Symptoms include a painless lump or swelling of the testicles or a dull ache or feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.

Associate medical director with NHS England in Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Dr Jonathan Leach said all forms of are most easily treated when diagnosed early.

“If you regularly examine your testicles you are more likely to notice any swelling or abnormalities at an early stage of development,” he said.

“The best time to check your testicles is when you come out of the shower.

“The lump or swelling can be about the size of a pea, but may be larger.

“Most testicular lumps or swellings are not a sign of cancer.

“But they should never be ignored”