Testicular Cancer

A lump is the most prevalent way cancer is found including testicular cancer.  Usually the patient notices or feels a lump on their testicles but they could also appear swollen or painful.  If any of these three symptoms are present or a combination of them, it is recommended to go and see a doctor.  It is likely at this point that screening and tests would be ordered to determine the presence of testicular cancer.  These tests can include an ultra sound, blood tests, or various scans (CT, MRI, and PET).

There are additional signs to be watchful for when on the lookout for testicular cancer.  These symptoms are not as common as the three listed above but still occur.  If a boy or man is experiencing breast growth or tenderness in the breast area, if a small boy (pre-pubescent) is growing hair on his face and/or body, or if a grown man starts to lose interest in sex.  These signs will be present at the onset of testicular cancer, you should see you doctor to determine if this or another reason is the cause.

If the testicular cancer is further along (advanced), a painful lower back is usually present.  This type of cancer can also spread to the lungs, warning signs that this has happened are shortness of breath, a pain in your chest, or coughing/spitting up blood.  These symptoms do not mean that you have testicular cancer but if you are exhibiting these symptoms you should see your doctor.

It is important to remember that there can be other causes for some of these symptoms that are not testicular cancer.  If you have suffered an injury to your testicles it could result in them being swollen and tender. An appointment should be made with your doctor to discuss these signs and tests will be ordered for further investigation.

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