Testicular Cancer

Early diagnosis of testicular cancer is extremely important. Testicular Cancer mainly affects young men between the ages of 15 and 45.

More than ninety percent of patients present with a painless lump or mass in the testicle. Patients may also notice a sensation of heaviness in the scrotum or lower abdominal aching. Scrotal enlargement or swelling is also common in patients with testicular cancer.

Some patients with testicular cancer have no symptoms at all, especially in the early stage. Their cancer may be found incidentally during routine physical exams, such as ultra sound test or biopsy for diagnosis of infertility.

* A lump or mass in either testicle

* Any enlargement or swelling of a testicle

* A collection of fluid in the scrotum

* A dull ache in the lower abdomen, back, or in the groin

* A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum

* Discomfort or pain in a testicle or in the scrotum

* Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts

It is important that teenage boys learn how to check

It is very important that teenage boys check their testicles (balls) on a regular basis. It is the best way to find any lumps, swellings, or other abnormalities that could be a sign of an underlying problem. You should get into the habit of checking your testicles often so that you know what is normal for you. This will make it easier to spot anything unusual. Self Examination Guidelines

For further information about Testicular Cancer please visit Macmillan Cancer Support