Testicular Cancer – Risks, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Published: Dec 19, 2023 | Revised: Jan 21, 2024
Written by: Marce Ferreira

What Is Testicular Cancer?

Testicular cancer is cancer that develops in the testicles. Symptoms may include a lump in the testicle(s), swelling or pain in the scrotum, dull aches, a feeling of heaviness and firmness of the testicle(s), breast enlargement, and low back pain.

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It’s believed that risk factors for the development of testicular cancer are cryptorchidism (undescended testicles), inguinal hernias, Klinefelter syndrome, mumps orchitis, and a sedentary lifestyle.

Testicular cancer is highly treatable and usually curable. The treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or stem cell transplantation. Mind that treatment may result in infertility.

Performing regular Testicular Self-Examination (TSE) can help you to become familiar with the usual feel of your testicles so that you can recognize any changes, if they occur. If detected early, it will make testicular cancer more easily treated.

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