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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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What is considered a hard testicle because I don't remember what my testicles have felt like over the last couple of years.





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hi,i am 22 years old.my left testicle is only a quarter the size of the right,my left testicle is avrerage size and my right testicle is big size but no pain,but my fealing is any problem coming in feuters,on this problem pleas give me suggestions





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hi iam 45yer old man.. ive found a pea size shape in my right testicul.a few months ago,,ive read some of the comments people have put my lump isnt painfull,or changed size.or gone red,now ive not seeked any help or advice,what hapens if doc dosnt do owt.like some have had it for two years or more,





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Hello,I am 20 years old. And i have pain in my right testis when i am inactive. I cheched my right testis and i found a small lump on the top.When i touch it its painfull. What that can be ? Sorry for my bad english.





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Have you found out more about this as I have a lump on mine and if I try grab the lump it's like a sharp pain is that how yours is ? And have you been diagnosed with anything yet ?

I can't really describe what I have felt, something doesn't feel correct down stairs in my balls. Like my tubes that connect everything feel swollen and very sore when touched and applied light pressure. There is also what I can only describe as a fatty type gristle just next to my right ball as looking down, also very sore when touched. I haven't told anyone but one of my bosses has recently got over testicular cancer and had one removed, I want to know if I'm ok but like a lot of people am very worried about what I will hear back from the docs!





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Mate man up and get to the doctors that's important stuff

I can't really describe what I have felt, something doesn't feel correct down stairs in my balls. Like my tubes that connect everything feel swollen and very sore when touched and applied light pressure. There is also what I can only describe as a fatty type gristle just next to my right ball as looking down, also very sore when touched. I haven't told anyone but one of my bosses has recently got over testicular cancer and had one removed, I want to know if I'm ok but like a lot of people am very worried about what I will hear back from the docs!





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Hello my name is Joe I'm a 19yr old teen well it all started 2years ago when I felt a pea sized lump on the right testicle it turned out to be a cyst but over the last 6months I've been getting shrape pain in my groin that comes and goes I always check for anything abnormal but recently my right testicle has became harden and the pain is more frequently now I'm too scared to see a doctor because I fear the worst I guess its easier to let it slide, mentally its draining I don't know what to do with myself please help





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Hi my names Matthew and I'm 14 years old, I have two lumps on the end of each ball but I don't know if that's normal or it's a cancer? I've not done anything about yet or told anyone.





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my left testicle is only a quarter the size of the right (ps the right is normal) the left also has a very tender area even to the slightest touch like a raw nerve it often goes back up inside especially when cold this can be painful sometimes needs to be manually pushed back down into the sack its been this way since I was very young now in my fifties think it might have been injured when young and stopped growing ultra sensitive and very painfull if touched in the wrong area any suggestions





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I've had a small pee Hardish lump on my right testicle for a while now 2 plus years I went to the doctors they said it was a cyst but I didn't have a ultra sound now I have just found out my aunty has lung cancer and my mum had breast cancer like years Ago, surely if my lump was cancerous it would of killed me by now I have had it for 2 plus years and I had it in the army where I had blood tests etc and had a chest scan, I am quite positive they would of found cancer if I had it but still worried HELP? I'm 19 by the way!





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I have the same and i'm actually in the enlistment process, the reason I have had the same, blood tests, chest scans ect. I have one on both testicles on the left the lump is smaller but I am going to see my GP about it, when I get the info I will let you know. I am 17 too if that means something.





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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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