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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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It feels like I have 3 balls in my nut sack. And just recently notice the left side swelling a little bit.I had the feeling for a while now I just thought it could of been from getting "blue balls" but now I'm thinking it has to be something else. I can't lay flat on my front side with out leaning to the side a little bit.





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Im 18 years old and I have noticed a small pea shaped lump on my left testicle and the testicle has shrunk, its alot smaller than the right and is very fragile, II've noticed it been there for the past 2-3 years and im far to embaressed to go and see a doctor ? I thought if I left it, it might go away ive also had small pains in my stomach area lile being hit in the testicles ?





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hi I have a problem is that i fond a small lump on my right testicle its goes with a pain what's this





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Small lump the size of a pea. No pain and had this for about ten years. Not got any bigger.

Hi, I've checked my testicles and there appears to be a small lump but it's attached to the scrotum opposed to the testicles. It's the size of a small pea. There is no pain. Thank you.





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I've found a lump on my testicle it's more like a lump underneath the skin but then there's a yellow spot on top. I've tried to pop the yellow part but nothing is happening other than pain. Please help





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I have terrible pain in my left testical and my right testical is litraly near my groin , thay said an opp will make things more painfull for me, sent me home with paracetamol, yes PARACETAMOL , I'm realy worried and can't sleep beacause of worry and beacause of pain, I feel like the doctors don't care, the pain has recent gone unto my leg too





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Hi I have quite the same problem I've had a pea sized lump on my left testical for about 4 - 5 years it does not pain or anything like that but I am worried and I do no want to see my jp what could this be or what should I do I'm 24 thanks..





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Iv found a lump on the bottom of my left teste an Iv got aches coming from both sides I went to see the doctor yesterday an he's booked me for a ultra sound scan but since iv gotten up today iv had the same ach should I be worried about this





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hi im 17 and i have a lump on the top of my right testical, everything feels normal but im not sure if its the epididymus or not, whenever i suck in my stomoch it looks like a soft marble sized lump but everything feels simlilar to the right one and im not sure what it is. ive had this lump for 2-4 years now, could it be cancer?





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Hi I've had a similar lump on my right testicle but when I go in the shower and they are loose it feels as if this lump or whatever vanishes sometimes it feels as if it is there and other times it feels like it's gone also I can grip it I think it might be the epidimys or however you spell it ??

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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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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