While testicular cancer is rare, it’s the most common cancer in men aged 15 to 45.
Check yourself regularly
Frequent self-examination can make you become much more aware of what’s normal for you, so you will notice if something is different or potentially not as it should be.
It’s important to examine your testicles every month to evaluate their condition. It’s simple to do and probably best after a warm bath or shower.
You should gently roll each testicle between your index finger and thumb which will help identify any irregularities.
When you are checking your testicles, you may feel a rounded tube towards the back of each testicle that may be tender. This is normal and is called the epididymis. It is part of the male reproductive system.
Contact us if you notice:
- Lumps on a testicle (even if small and painless)
- Unusual pains or heaviness in the scrotum
- Dull aches in the groin or lower abdomen
- Sudden collections of fluid in the testicle leading to swelling
- Differences in size between one testicle and the other, if this is something that has changed over time.
Don’t put it off, early detection is vital
If you are concerned that you have a lump or pain in your testicles, it’s best to get it checked out as soon as possible. If there is no problem (which is most commonly the case) then you will be reassured, and if there is cancer cells found early detection greatly improves the success of treatment.
There are many reasons why lumps could have formed and the vast majority are not testicular cancer at all. Do not be embarrassed or worried about seeing a specialist, we deal with such matters on a daily basis!
- While testicular cancer is rare, it’s the most common cancer in men aged 15 to 45.
- Testicular cancer is responsible for 1-2% of all male cancers.
- Nearly 2,000 new cases are registered each year in the UK.
How we can help with testicular cancer
If you have any of the symptoms described above, please don’t delay in coming to see us. Our consultants are knowledgeable and approachable and will advise you on the most suitable options available. We offer a choice of safe and effective treatments tailored to you.
Appointments can be made quickly and easily. If you have any concerns or questions about testicular cancer, please get in touch.
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Phil Wilde's encounter with cancer was exceptionally brief and relatively painless for one important reason - he didn't ignore the warning signs.