Testicular Cancer: What You Need To Do

Prostate CancerTesticular Cancer is 1 of 3 topics Movember is focusing on this year.

Did you know 2,300 men in the UK are diagnosed each year with testicular cancer?

Who is at risk of testicular cancer risk?

As it more commonly affects young men, it is unusual compared to other cancers.

Other factors which can raise the risk of a man developing testicular cancer are; personal history, family history, undescended testes at birth,  race and HIV or AIDS.

What are the symptoms of testicular cancer?

Take a look at some of the various symptoms below…

  • Painless swelling or lump on either testicle which can be around the size of a pea or marble if detected early, however, it can grow bigger.
  • Dull aching feeling in the lower abdomen or groin.
  • Heaviness feeling in the scrotum or a change in the way it feels.
  • Numbness in a testicle or the scrotum, discomfort or pain, this may or may not include swelling.

What should you do?

Go to see a doctor if you notice a change. Go to see a professional if:

  • You find a lump
  • It becomes too painful to touch
  • You find anything else obscure

Take a look at Movember’s self-examination guide here.

What are the treatment options for testicular cancer?

If a doctor spots it early they can often cure it as its highly treatable. Professionals also use treatments such as orchiectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. They use these treatments to try and cure advanced cancer.

Are there side effects from treatment?

As one testicle produces a large amount of sperm, having the other removed should not affect you having children. However, sperm banking is something you should talk to your oncologist about before having chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

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