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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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hello, I been having some on and off pain with my right testicle. I have been tested many times for STI's and all have come back clean. sounds mad to me but just wanted to be sure, I have athletes foot, which I have cream for but would this cause the pain in my testicles. Thanks alot





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Im 13 and I have a pea shaped ball connected to my left testicle I've put pressure on it and I can't feel anything should I be worried is this a bad thing





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I have been watching the show so I made my husband check himself and I felt too. He has a pea-sized lump that is not painful. We are going to the doctor this week. My concern is that websites say it could either be a cyst or a sign of cancer but that the doctor will determine that. What exactly does a do for do to rule out cancer versus a cyst? How can we be sure the doctor is correct? Thank you.





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Hello I m 23 years old and I have pain in my right testis and and some swelon in vein start from testis and testicles are quit large and not teight can u reply me what can I do bcz every day pain in testis snd penis as wel





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Im 30 and I feel that my other testicle is missing. the left one,I dont know what to do.I dont know if I could give my wife a baby?





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I'm a guy of 24 yrs I have be experiencing burning and itching sensation on my testis for yrs now; after some time, it goes without or with treatment and come back.. During this period the testis skin look dry and will be peeling off. Is is this dangerous? And what treatment should i take? Thanks.





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I'm a guy of 24 yrs I have be experiencing borning and itching sensation on my testis for yrs now; after some time, it goes without or with treatment and come back.. During this period the testis skin look dry and will be peeling off. Is is this dangerous? And what treatment should i take? Thanks.





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im 33 years old and I some times get a bubbling feeling in my balls is this normal





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I has pain in my left testicle when touched, it was just like sensitive pain, so went to the docs where the doc checked them, he couldn't find any lumps but couldn't feel the top of my left testicle so he sent me straight to hospital because he thought it might be a torsion because my testicle was so high up, got to the hospital and I was sent to SAU surgical assessment unit, a doctor checked me there and then a surgeon checked them and ruled out a torsion or any lumps, my urine and bloods came back fine so they discharged me with antibiotics incase of infection and they also booked me for a ultrasound on them, so I went for my ultrasound the other day and about 2 hours after my GP rang me to make a appointment to come in the morning so I obviously panicked because this was so quick, so I insisted I seen a doc now or at least speak to one on the phone which I did, and he told me the had found 2 abnormal spots inside my left testicle measuring about 6x7mm but my doc dosnt know what they are this is no very reassuring I now have to wait to see a urologist on 6march in the hospital, my doctor made me this appointment yesterday, so I have to sit and wait and panic now till 6march, still pains when touched plus it feels like the pain goes to my groin and hip, but I do hurt my hip when I fell playing football, plus since then my hip is clicking now I am a 36 year old male but feel about 60





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Hi I have two very small lumps on my right testicle sack. I first noticed about 4/5 years ago. It was slightly painful then, but I didn't go to get it check by a doctor because I was too embarrassed,and thought maybe it will go away after sometime. Fortunately for me the pain did stop, however the lump stayed which I can still feel when touching my testicles. I did sometime between 2010 - 2012 went to see my GP because I was concerned about the lump and there were times when i felt slight pain. My GP examined it and said it seemed okay to him, but I suggested getting it reexamined again because I wasn't convinced. I did get it checked again at the hospital by a doctor, who touched it for few seconds "I assumed examining it" but got the same respond again. For some reason I still do have a feeling something's not right, because I do sometimes feel a slight pain on my right testicle where the small lumps are. It's not really painfully, it feels like the pain you get after been hit on the balls or testicles. After a while it doesn't hurt that much but you can still feel something. I hope it's nothing but for some reason I can't help it but get worried whenever I feel something on the same testicle where the lumps are. I really need some help or advice..anything really to put my mind at ease.





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Plz go and insist that you need an ultrasound done.And ensure you go to a good urologist doc at the earliest. Remember even doctor are humans and humans tend to make miskatke, There is nothing wrong in doing an ultra sound and the doc cannot reject it. So plz do it





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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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