A lot of you have been leaving messages worried about lumps on your testicles and wondering what you should do about them. Well, any lump that you find on your testicles should be checked out by a doctor but there is no need to worry because the vast majority of lumps will be benign. Only about 4 in every 100 that are diagnosed turn out to be cancerous. Don’t be an ostrich and stick your head in the sand however, the only way you’ll actually get a diagnosis is to see a doctor.
One person has left a comment here that one of their testicles is three times bigger than the other. Well, if this has always been the case since birth or as long as you can remember it’s almost certainly nothing to worry about. All of us have slightly different size testicles, but if this is new, if this is a change and the testicle has been getting bigger over time then do go and get it checked out by your GP. It could be sign of an infection or a tumour, the only way you’ll know is to ask your GP.
I have noticed that loads of you are leaving comments that you’re too embarrassed to go and see you GP’s about stuff. Well, you’ve seen this show; the truth is we really have seen it all. You will not be the first patient that day with that condition. The truth is your GP is the best person to ask and can offer you good treatment so please don’t be embarrassed and go along.
I have noticed that a lot of you are leaving messages worrying about lumps in relation to testicular cancer but it is important for you to know that a lump isn’t the only sign of a cancer. Testicular tumours particularly can cause other symptoms. Things to look out for would be, not only changes in shape and size of the testicles, but also an ache and a dullness in the testicle, a feeling of heaviness or indeed some discomfort in the lower abdominal area. Sometime you might also notice a swelling because of fluid gathering in the scrotum and you may feel generally tired and run down. If you have any of these symptoms see your GP.
I’ve got a question here from a guy who’s worried that he might be at increased risk of having testicular cancer because his brother has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Well, actually that’s a very sensible question, and yes you are at increased risk. If you brother’s had testicular cancer then you are 8 to 10 times more likely to also develop testicular cancer. If your father had it then you are around 4 to 6 time more likely. What does this mean? Well, it means you simply have to check your testicles regularly and if you find any lumps or any changes then go and see your GP.
Reading your comments on the website I am noticing that a lot of you are describing the changes to the various lumps and bumps you have. This worries me because any lump or bump you find in the first instance you need to go and see your GP to get a diagnosis, don’t wait and see how it changes. The reason for this is very simple, testicular cancer although its rare is treatable and indeed curable if it’s caught early. Leave it too long and you make treatment very difficult indeed.
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