8 Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer is a potentially deadly disease. Although it accounts for only 1% of all cancers in males, cancer of the testis accounts for 11-13% of all cancer deaths of men between the ages of 15 and 35.
Testicular cancer has two peaks according to age. The first peak occurs before the age of 45 and accounts for about 90% of cases of testicular cancer. A second much smaller peak affects men over 50.
The first sign of testicular cancer is most commonly a little ("pea-sized") lump on the testis. There may be no real pain, at most just a dull ache in the lower abdomen or groin, perhaps a sensation of dragging and heaviness. To summarize the signs and symptoms of cancer of the testicle, they include:
The best hope for early detection of testicular cancer is a simple three-minute self-examination once a month. The ideal time for this exam is after a warm bath or shower, when the scrotal skin is most relaxed.
Each testicle is gently rolled between the thumb and fingers of
both hands. If any hard lumps or nodules are felt, the man should see
a doctor promptly. A lump may not be malignant, but only a doctor can
make the diagnosis.
Last Editorial Review: 2/19/2003