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Symptoms of Testicular Cancer

Symptoms of Testicular Cancer

You take care of your family at home. You take care of you truck, your load and your job. Take care of yourself and protect your health!

Begin a regular, monthly testicular exam. While many believe the only symptom of testicular cancer is lumps, there are many other symptoms of testicular cancer to be aware of.

If you suddenly notice a lump or an enlarged testicle, a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum, a collection of fluid in the scrotum, a dull ache in your abdomen or groin, sudden back pain, or an enlargement or tenderness in your breasts, you need to be seen by a medical provider.– These are the most common symptoms of testicular cancer.

If caught early, testicular cancer is typically highly curable, as testicular cancer typically only affects one testicle.

To do a self exam, the American Cancer Society says to:

-Check one testicle at a time.

-Hold the testicle between your thumbs and fingers of both hands and roll it gently between your fingers.

-Look and feel for any hard lumps or smooth rounded bumps or any change in the size, shape, or consistency of the testicles.

As always, if you notice a sudden change in your body, or suddenly don’t feel well, and the symptoms persist, consult your doctor.  It’s best to treat an illness in its early stages.

“Unfortunately, it is common for men to delay reporting these symptoms (up to an average of 5 months). Since the tumor can spread during that time, it is important to contact an urologist immediately when you have a symptom,” the Urology Care Foundation states.

Your health is the most important thing you have.  Take care of yourself!

Sources:

Mayo Clinic

American Cancer Association

Urology Care Foundation