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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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Have a lump in left testicle. Had scan, operation due next week to remove 2.6cm tumor growing in testicle. Please if you have a lump or pain, GO TO YOUR GP... Do not leave it or you may regret it.





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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, I am 15 and I have found a lump on the top of my left testicle and also my right testicle is about 1/3 smaller than my left. I am quit worried that it could be something serious. Thanks





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I am 43 years old and I have same kind problem with my both testicle.with pain Thanks

i think i have a slight ache in my right testical or at least in that region. i have no lumps or bumps and no swelling from what i can see. just a slight ache in my right testical. what could this be? please help





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I had testicular cancer 34 years ago. Without wishing to worry you the first symptom was an ache followed farly quickly by a small lump in the centre of a testicul. The ache did enable me to check regularly for a lump so enabled early treatment. And here I am yearslaterin good health.don't wait , go to your g p now good luck

HI ive been abit concerend lately about my area and a id say about 2.5 weeks ago i had a slight acheing pain in my right testicle and i noticed its Higher then usual im 17 ive felt around and it all feels the same i would say but im still confused why its higher then im used too ive checked up on symtons and stuff and getting abit worried i havnt been to my GP yet either the pains gone but still its higher then usual?





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I'm 13 and my right testicle is quite large compared to the left and had been for at least 1 month. And I have shined a torch through and it seems to be all clear and there's nothing stopping the light, I was wondering if it could still be cancer?





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I have a pea sized lump at the end of my left and right testicle, is it something I should be worried about or is it normal? I am 17





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hi I have the same problem but im 19 and only have a pea sized lump on my right testicle. please don't worry because it can just be a cyst on your testicle which is not a health risk but do see a doctor just to be on the safe side anyhow.

I have found a pea sized lump inside of my ball sack , it not attached to my testicles it just seems to be in my sack??.





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I'm convinced there is something wrong with one of my testies. Firstly I've seen the doctors, two consultants, had two ultra sound and they claim it's just a enlarged vein growing on the side of my Left testy. The last ultra sound was 2 years ago and 6 years before that previously. My concern is that it has gone from being a 0.5 size growth to 3mm. When the bath I can see it through the skin and its white rather than a blue vein. That is why I'm not convinced with the doctors diagnostic. It is pain pull when I touch it, and I do get pain Every so often. Going to have to talk to a doctor again, but fear they will fob me off again. Are there any specialists I could get referred to? I'm 33 was 24 when I first saw the doctor about this.





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For about the last 4 weeks I have had a very full ache in my testicles. I was playing football before this happened and I took a very painful shot in the balls. Since then i have had this pain. There is no lumps.





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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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