Don't let cancer mess with your testis! Knowing your vas deferens from your epididymis makes a vast difference when checking your balls. Some folks mistake these scrotal structures for abnormal lumps or cancer during a testicular self-exam, so make sure you know the deferens -- ahem -- difference!

The epididymis, where sperm mature, sits atop your actual testis (the ball part) and feels like a soft swelling inside your scrotum. The rope-like vas deferens, which carries sperm from the testicle to the seminal vesicles and then the penis, leads out from the epididymis. Now you have an excuse to grab those gonads!

It must have been a slow news day because somehow I ended up on the local news as the poster girl for -- of all things -- examining one's scrotum for testicular cancer. Very weird, I know. It was a fun and surreal experience and I did get to fondle our testicle plush sample live on the air and anchor Mekahlo Medina wore a testicle pin on his lapel in honor of Testicular Cancer Awareness Week! In other testicular news, we just put the Grab Your Gonads artwork up on the site, it's free to download and print out yourself, and we have a limited number of laminated cards for sale as well!
I'm working on a testicle exam chart to encourage men to grope their balls during Testicular Cancer Awareness Week, coming up in April. Anyway, give us feedback on our chart! We kind of figure most men touch their testicles at least once a day -- the need to adjust, don't ya know -- but that may not necessarily mean they are actively looking for telltale lumps. So, we'd like to take a very unscientific survey -- men: how often do you touch your balls daily? The results will be included in our final poster as one of a handful of Nutty Nuggets!