People usually relate cancer with senior and older patients, but the truth is that many types of cancer are more common in younger boys and girls. One clear example is testicular cancer. While it is true that this type of cancer may appear in older men as well, it is more common in 20 to 35-year-old males. Sometimes, even 15-year-old boys would develop testicular cancer, when they have not yet reached their puberty. Since cancer is a progressive disease that ultimately causes unexpected consequences, it is useful to know the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer to raise early suspicions and promote rapid detection and treatment.
There are many risk factors that increase the chance of one having testicular cancer, but one of the most important is an undescended testicle. This condition is also called cryptorchidism, and it happens because the testicles typically develop in the abdomen area and after the fetus is born, they descend into the scrotum. That’s why doctors commonly advise a surgical procedure to take out the undescended testicle, even if it’s not actually giving out problems.
In this article, you will get the most important signs and symptoms you should take into consideration to suspect testicular cancer. Remember a specialist should perform the diagnosis. So, if you find one or more of these signs and symptoms, go ahead and talk to your doctor to get a clear answer according to your case.
It is not always the case, but patients with testicular cancer may start detecting a lump in their testicles. This is often a firm lump and may even feel different from the rest of the testicle. However, keep in mind that there are many other possible diagnoses for a testicular lump, and there are many types of benign cysts and vascular conditions that would make your testicles feel different.
If you want to check yourself, the best way to feel for lumps is doing so after a shower when you’re relaxed. Do it one testicle at a time feeling the testicles and the structures surrounding it. If you feel a testicular lump, do not be afraid. Most of them are benign. However, that should not stop you from looking for medical advice, especially if you feel more than one symptom described in this article.
In most cases, an ultrasound is more than enough to rule out testicular cancer. It will give your clinicians enough data about the localization, the composition, and the nature of your testicular lump.