Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
While doctors are unable to diagnose testicular cancer based exclusively on symptoms, there are some signs that can indicate the possible presence of cancer and prompt you to speak with your doctor. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Urology Associates P.C. to discuss your testicular health. There has been an increase in the rate of testicular cancer diagnosis, but this type of cancer is highly treatable. In fact, more than 95% of cases will result in successful treatment when symptoms are brought to the attention of a doctor early on.
Growth on the testicles
The primary symptom of testicular cancer is a lump on or in the testicle. Testicular lumps are typically painless and can be felt with the hands. Swelling or enlargement of one testicle is another possible symptom, and this may take place without the presence of a lump.
Aching or heaviness in the lower belly
Most often, testicular cancer does not cause pain, but some men will experience heaviness or aching in the lower belly or scrotum. It’s important to address any abnormal pain with your doctor since pain in this area could be a sign of other serious medical conditions if cancer is not present.
Breast growth or tenderness
There are rare cases in which certain types of testicular cancer will cause fluctuation in hormones, which may lead to the development of male breasts or soreness in the breast tissue. A reduced sex drive can also result from these hormonal fluctuations.
Low back pain
If testicular cancer spreads to the lymph nodes, there may be a pain in the lower back or belly. However, many men will experience no symptoms when testicular cancer spreads, which is why it is essential to seek medical care for symptoms that take place in the testicles.
To schedule a consultation where you can discuss your symptoms, call Urology Associates P.C. at 888-656-0667. Our Nashville practice offers state-of-the-art care onsite from a team of 34 urologists providing compassionate care to men and women.