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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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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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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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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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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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