How Can You Detect Testicular Cancer?

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We’ve all heard the stories of losing loved ones to cancer. The suffering of chemotherapy. The pain on all sides. No one wants any type of cancer. So instead of just fearing the worst, take matters into your own hands by keeping a look-out for the symptoms of testicular cancer.

Even though testicular cancer usually only affects one testicle, if left untreated, it can spread—just like other cancers. It can spread to the lymph nodes and even throughout the rest of the body, leading to very serious health problems and consequences.

What Symptoms Should You Look For?

But how do you know whether you should ask your doctor about testicular cancer? The symptoms of this type of cancer include:

  • A lump in either testicle. Just as lumps are signs of other types of cancer, like breast cancer. Just as women need to be checking their breasts, you should also be checking for lumps in your own private parts.
  • Pain or discomfort. Whether it is in the abdomen, groin, testicle, scrotum, or even back or another body part in the general area, if you are experiencing unusual pain in your nether regions, it could be a sign of cancer. This could also include your scrotum suddenly feeling heavier than usual.
  • If fluid suddenly starts gathering in your scrotum, it is not good. Contact your doctor, as this could be a sign of cancer.
  • Larger breasts. Earlier we mentioned how you should check for lumps like women do in their breasts. Similarly, if you have enlarged or tender breasts, it might mean cancer—but in a different area of your body.

If these symptoms have lasted for two weeks or longer, see a doctor as soon as possible. The sooner you catch the cancer, the easier treatment will be. Chances are that it won’t even be cancer! Usually these symptoms are caused by infections or other injuries. Even if it is not cancer, your doctor will be able to help you resolve these horrible pains and symptoms.

Come see us at Collin County Urology. Be healthy, and take your manhood into your own hands.

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