With a 1 in 270 lifetime chance of developing testicular cancer, it is by no means the most widespread. It is also one of the most treatable types of cancer. When caught in time, there is a very good chance of survival; the risk of mortality stands at about 1 in 5,000. Nevertheless, it is a potentially deadly disease that affects men of all ages and creeds, and knowing the symptoms of testicular cancer can save a life.
Here are 2 of the most common that you should never ignore…
1. A Lump Swelling/Swelling
A lump, mass, or growth in one or both testicles could be an early sign of testicular cancer. Normally the growth isn’t painful, but sometimes it is. Lumps can occur for various reasons, so one shouldn’t panic. A painless mass can be due to a hernia complication, spermatocele, varicocele, or hydrocele, while one that is painful. Testicular Cancer can be due to injury, mumps, or orchitis spermatocele, for example.
Furthermore, it could just be blood vessels, surrounding tissues, sperm-carrying tubes, or perhaps the epididymis. The epididymis tends to feel like a smallish bump on the middle/upper outer side of the testicle – it is often mistaken for a cancerous lump. Either way, it should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible to rule out cancer.
2. A Dull Ache/Heaviness
An uncomfortable feeling of heaviness or achiness in the scrotum is also one of the early symptoms of testicular cancer. However, it can be a symptom of advanced testicle cancer, too – the type that has metastasized and spread to other organs.
The dull, heavy sensation has been compared to “being kicked where it hurts most” by some, and sometimes a man might even feel this in the lower stomach or lower back. He may experience nausea and vomiting, as well. Again, one shouldn’t panic if these symptoms develop, as there could be another cause—orchitis, epididymitis, testicular torsion, etc.—but a man should get it checked out ASAP.
More On Testicular Cancer
Testicle cancer is classified as stage 1, 2, or 3, depending on how far it has spread. Once cancer has moved beyond the testis and lymph nodes, it is harder to treat. Patients may then experience various other symptoms, including pain, coughing, shortness of breath, fever, and headaches, depending on which parts/organs of the body are affected. As usual, early detection is key in winning the fight; the sooner one catches it, the better the prognosis.
Treatment is administered based on how far along it is, the type of tumor present (seminoma or nonseminoma), how much damage has been done, and where. Removing the testicle (orchiectomy) is usually one of the first steps. Further surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy may then be employed.
YOUR TURN: Have you been a victim of testicle cancer? How did recognizing the symptoms of testicular cancer affect your outcome? We would love to hear your thoughts. Please share your experience in the comment section below.