Testicular cancer is a type of cancer of the male reproductive organs. This type of cancer is not that common and the cure rate is very high.
While it is true that men of any age can develop testicular cancer, it is more likely to be found in males between the ages of twenty and fifty-four. There are several factors that will put a male at higher risk for testicular cancer.
A main risk factor for testicular cancer is a history of an undescended testicle. Experts do not think that undescended testicle itself is the cause of the cancer. There is another element in this case that puts men at a higher risk for testicular cancer.
If there are men in your family that has had testicular cancer, this will put you at a higher risk for developing the disease. But this is risk is still low because only about three percent of the cases of testicular cancer comes from a family history of testicular cancer.
If a man has cancer in one testicle, he will have a slight risk of developing cancer in the other testicle. This is true even if the cancer has been cured.
It is important that every male learn to do a testicular self exam. This will detect any abnormal lumps or masses in the testicles. Like any cancer, early detection will give the best chance for a full recovery.
The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump that can be felt in the testicle. This lump is usually painless, but sometimes it will feel uncomfortable. It is very rare for the lump to cause severe pain.
Another symptom of testicular cancer can be an enlarged or swollen testicle. A man that has testicular cancer may experience an aching feeling in the scrotum and lower abdomen.
It is easy to mistake the blood vessels and other tissues that run along the testicles for lumps. Keep in mind that finding a lump or a bump on the testicle is not a certain diagnosis of testicular cancer. If you think you have a bump on your testicle, it is best to see a doctor and let him examine you. He may order an ultrasound of the testicle to get a better idea of what the bump may be.
There are a variety of other conditions that may cause discomfort and swelling of the testicles. Your doctor should be able to make an accurate diagnosis for any problems that you are experiencing. He should also be able to provide you with the proper treatment.
Testicular cancer symptoms can be frightening. But it is important to keep in mind that testicular cancer has a very high success rate of being cured completely.
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