Your doctor checks your testicles during annual visits, so you're covered, right? Not quite. Testicular health is ongoing, and waiting for a serious problem to arise before you seek help can make recovery more difficult and less successful. To take control of your testicular health, make choices that will act in your favor in the long run.

We're not talking about doing anything drastic (unless, maybe, you're a smoker). Rather, if you commit to a few easy-to-implement actions, you can take an active role in your testicle health.

1. Conduct regular self-exams

Don't underestimate the importance of regular self-exams. A man in the United States has a 1 in 250 chance of getting testicular cancer in his lifetime. Yes, that means you have less than a 0.005 percent chance of developing testicular cancer, but taking a few minutes each month to do a self-exam could be a lifesaving decision, nevertheless.

Testicular cancer is the most prevalent form of