Testicular Cancer: Symptoms and Signs
Testicular cancer can be a difficult diagnosis to deal with because there is no way to avoid it, prevent it, or monitor its initial development. While some doctors may advise you to be vigilant with self-examination, others say it will likely have no bearing on the ultimate detection and diagnosis of testicular cancer.
The good news is, testicular cancer is highly treatable regardless of whether it is caught early or after it has spread beyond the testicles. This type of cancer occurs in tissue within a man’s testicles, which produce sperm and regulate the production of sex hormones. Although very rare, testicular cancer most commonly affects younger men, between the ages of 20 and 45.
It is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible if you observe a symptom. However, symptoms can be tricky, because each symptom alone doesn’t necessarily point to testicular cancer. In conjunction with one another, however, it’s another story.
In some cases, just one symptom is enough to garner a doctor’s visit. For instance, an athlete may suffer pain in the abdomen or back, but that doesn’t automatically mean they have testicular cancer. On the other hand, if you are noticing any kind of noticeable difference in your testicles, it is important to take precautionary measures and seek out medical attention. It doesn’t even need to be a lump or an enlargement of the testes in order to be considered a red flag.
Other signs you should look for include a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum, the sack that holds the testes, or a dull ache near the groin. The aching may radiate through your abdomen, as well. You may also feel tenderness in the breasts, as they are connected to your reproductive organs. Of course, you should seek medical attention for any unusual or unresolved pain, whether in the lower back, groin, stomach, or scrotum.
If you have an undescended testicle, you are at greater risk of developing testicular cancer later in life. Any genetic or developmental abnormality, such as an extra chromosome at birth, can also put you at greater risk of developing testicular cancer. Being young, Caucasian, and having a family history of testicular cancer are also risk factors for testicular cancer.
Testicular Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Concord, Mint Hill, and Charlotte, North Carolina
Like any cancer, testicular cancer should be diagnosed and treated as early as possible for the best outcome. As such, if you notice any of the symptoms and signs described above, see a urologist as soon as possible. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to cancer. For your peace of mind and to ensure you remain healthy, see a doctor when you experience anything unusual.
Dr. Richard Natale is a board-certified urologist with a wealth of experience treating urological and reproductive health issues in men, including erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and testicular cancer.
Make an appointment today to receive a diagnosis for your symptoms and get an effective treatment plan in place. Call (704) 786-5131 to schedule an appointment, or you can request an appointment online.