The first sign of Testicular Cancer is usually found as a small lump in a testicle. This can be easily felt with thumb & finger. Take note of the size of the lump and of both testicles. Check often for change in size of lump or testicles, or for increase in number of lumps.
Testicular Cancer is highly curable at this first stage - before the cancer spreads into the body.
- A lump on either testicle or enlargement of a testicle.
- Any feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.
- A dull ache in the abdomen, and/or lower back and/or groin.
- A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum - or leg(s).
- Enlargement, lump, or tenderness in one or both nipples.
- Persistent cough, shortness of breath, or digestive issues.
If you notice any of these symptoms along with a testicle lump, ask your doctor to check you for Testicular Cancer.
A self-exam is best done during or after a warm bath or shower, when skin is softest.
- Support the scrotum in the palm of your hand, taking note at the size, shape, and weight of each testicle.
- Examine each testicle by rolling it between thumb and fingers. Press gently to feel for lumps, swelling, or changes in firmness.
Remember each testicle has an epididymis at the top which may feel like a small lump. Don't panic, this is normal.
A lump in any other area of a testicle should be checked by a doctor.
Note: Testicle health is NOT part of a routine Sports Physical Exam. -Check yourself regularly.
Talk about testicular cancer to your doctor--not to be worried, but to be proactive and informed.
Talk about testicular cancer to everyone you care about. Your message might save a life.
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