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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.

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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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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?

hello recently i have felt a lump in my left testical its at the bottom of it but at the back if that makes sense sometimes i can feel it sometimes i cant it is quiet hard to find at times unless i have an erection or i am in the bath. i have an ultrasound tommorow but im worrying like mad and making myself sick thinking its cancer im only 21 i dont deserve this :(. i dont drink i dont smoke and i dont do drugs and never have. my left testical feels quiet soft also please help me





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Hello I noticed a soft lump growing on my left testicial just over a year ago and went to my local g.p and saw a nurse there the nurse said it was a cyst by the feel of it. In the past month my testicial has swallen a bit and the (cyst?) has become twice the size and I have developed a harder lump centre of it (what has occurred recently) I know I should get it checked out as it has become sore and affecting me a lot now but is there questions I should be asking the doctor/nurse. This is starting to cause me worry now.





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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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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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