How To Tell If You Have Testicular Cancer

Knowing how to tell if you have testicular cancer can be the difference between life and death. Testicular cancer is rare, but testicular cancer is highly curable when it is found early.  That is why it is important to know how to tell if you have testicular cancer.

  1. In order to tell if you have testicular cancer, you should know how to do a self-examination.  Much like the self-examination that a woman does for breast cancer, a man needs to perform one on his testicles. One of the first symptoms of testicular cancer is a lump in either testicle. The lump in the testicle may be accompanied by pain, but is not always painful.  By performing a monthly examination, you can identify the lump and seek medical attention.
  2. Your breasts are important when trying to tell if you have testicular cancer.  Men will experience tenderness in the breast.  Your breasts may also appear to be swollen or enlarged.  
  3. Recognizing the other symptoms are as equally important in being able to tell if you have testicular cancer.  Feelings of fatigue, a fluid build-up in the scrotum, or an overall feeling of pain in the abdomen are all symptoms of testicular cancer.  These symptoms should not be taken lightly.  If you are experiencing any of these, it is time to speak with your health care provider.

Your health care provider is important in knowing how to tell if you have testicular cancer.  Your health care provider can show you the proper way to conduct a self-examination and discuss the risk factors of developing testicular cancer.  The earlier you seek medical attention, the sooner you can begin treatment.



American Cancer Society


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