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Testicular Cancer

Testical examination

If you regularly find yourself fondling your balls in the shower, then you should transform your comforting cupping into a regular and reassuring self-examination for testicular cancer. If you get used to the size and shape of your balls, then any change or anomaly you notice should be taken seriously. However, a swelling or painless, pea-sized lump in one of the testes (balls) is most common. Early diagnosis of testicular cancer means that recovery is high and the current survival rate is an impressive 95%. It is considered a young man’s cancer and is the biggest cause of cancer-related death in 15 to 35 year-old males, but it is still quite rare and accounts for about 1-2% of all cancers in men, with approximately 2000 new cases per year in the UK. Treatment for testicular cancer will reduce you to ‘meat and just one veg’, but the alternative if the cancer spreads is a lot worse.

Remember that you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

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I am a 30 yr old man and I have found a peace size lumb on my ball sack not on the testicular thought I have been sufferer with achy balls and swelling but not all the time am I to be concerned ??





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Guys. Go to the doctor annually for a physical. Even if you don't have insurance you can find a full physical for under $100 - don't make it about money. Also...if you are experiencing pain or concern...go to the damn doctor and don't be embarrassed. All men have balls (snowflakes) and most women know how they look and feel.





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Hey I'm 22 and I have had a small pea sized lump inside my scrotum middle to left side but it's like it's on the internal shaft of my penius far up inside my scrotum. It's a hard knot.It is always in the same spot. What could it be?





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Hi I keep getting an acheing shooting pain in my testicles is this normal





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Hi, I have 1 soft ball and 1hard ball, the hard one you can't squeeze and is about 50% bigger than the other one. Noticed this a while back and don't think it's always been like that. Is this normal? Barry





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My right testicle feels pin shaped but my left one is oval shaped is there something wrong with my right one.





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It looks like I have intestines on the left side of my testicules what can this be.





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i have a small lump on both testicles im 14





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A testicular lump is an abnormal mass in the testicles. The testicles are—the egg-shaped male reproductive glands. They hang below the penis in a sac called the scrotum. Their primary function is to produce sperm and testosterone. A testicular mass, or lump, may be located in one or both testicles, and is a fairly common condition. Lumps can occur in both men and teenage boys. Testicular lumps are signs of problems with the testicles. They may be caused by an injury, but they can also indicate a serious underlying medical problem.

Hey, I'm 19, I have recently found a large vein in my left testicle and I have found it uncomfortable when I try to move or wash my testicle. With this I have found a fluid like lump in my left sack but not on my testicle. It doesn't hurt but only if I squeeze it to move it or what not. Finally I have also had digestion problems and had diarrhoea for 3-4 weeks. This has made me more anxious about the fear of cancer which I don't know if it contributes to my digestion system issues. Shall I go to my GP? please answer.





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I have exactly the same thing but I'm 14 and I'm really scared

Hello, I am 17 and I have found a pea sized 'lump' on my right testicle, what should I do, I am a little bit worried, should I be? Help please





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I am also to embarressed to tell my parents or to go to a docter, should I be?





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Testicular cancer accounts for approximately 0.7% of all cancers. It's the most common cancer in men between the age of 20 and 35. Approximately 1,960 men are diagnosed with the condition each year in the UK. Around 70 people die every year from testicular cancer. Read More »

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