Warning Signs of Testicular Cancer

Warning Signs of Testicular Cancer

Signs and Symptoms of Testicular Cancer

There are a number of signs and symptoms that are associated with testicular cancer. In certain cases, testicular cancer might not be accompanied by any symptoms at all. Likewise, signs of testicular cancer can actually be related to other conditions altogether.

Risks for Testicular Cancer

A man’s chance for developing testicular cancer can be heightened due to cryptorchidism (a testicle that has not yet descended), developmental problems in either testicle, genes, race, and age.

Early Symptoms

One of the earliest indications of the onset of testicular cancer is an enlarged testicle or one that possesses a hardened, thick lump. If you have noticed a lump on one of your testicles, it could be the result of unrelated conditions. In some cases, a lump can be a cyst, a varicocele, or a hydrocele. It can also indicate a hernia.

Unfortunately, some men won’t know that they have testicular cancer until it has spread beyond the testicle(s) to other bodily areas. This is why it’s incredibly important to self-examine often. Early detection can create optimal conditions for treatment.

Warning Signs of Testicular Cancer
  • Swelling/pain in either of the testicles. Fortunately, discomfort or pain in the testicles can be attributed to non-cancerous conditions such as infection or injury. Regardless of how you believe the pain/swelling was caused, you should certainly see a doctor to get a proper diagnosis.
  • A heavy sensation of the scrotum, or a change in feeling of a testicle. Common examples of conditions indicating testicular cancer include increased firmness or a change in testicle size.
  • Minor, dull pain of the groin or abdonmen.
  • Fluid buildup of the scrotum.
  • Growth or sensitivity in the breasts. It’s possible that tumors in the testicle can encourage hormonal changes in the breasts. For example, gynecomastia can occur.
  • Pain in the lower back.
  • Pain in the chest.
  • Difficulty with breathing or catching your breath.
  • Blood in the phlegm or sputum. This can indicate advanced testicular cancer.
  • Difficulty with breathing accompanied by swelling that affects any (or both) of the legs. These conditions together can point to testicular cancer. This is because, when seen together, these conditions indicate a blood clot. A blood clot is a common sign of testicular cancer.
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