Do all testicular cancers have lumps?
For most people, early testicular cancer causes a lump on one of their testicles that can be detected before the disease has a chance to become more serious. Sometimes their testicle is swollen or larger than usual but there aren’t any lumps.
What can be mistaken for testicular cancer?
More common than testicular cancer is epididymitis, which is inflammation of the epididymis, a tubular structure next to the testicle where sperm mature.
How can you tell if you got testicular cancer?
Signs and symptoms of testicular cancer include:
- A lump or enlargement in either testicle.
- A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.
- A dull ache in the abdomen or groin.
- A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum.
- Pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum.
- Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts.
- Back pain.
What percentage of testicular lumps are cancerous?
In one UK study, out of 845 patients who had been referred with testicular lumps or pain, only 33 (4%) were diagnosed with testicular cancer.
What a lump on testicle could be?
Causes of testicle lumps and swellings
Most are caused by something harmless, such as a build-up of fluid (cyst) or swollen veins in the testicles (varicocele). But sometimes they can be a sign of something serious, such as testicular cancer. Do not try to self-diagnose the cause of your lump – always see a GP.
How long can you have testicular cancer without knowing?
Very few men who have testicular cancer felt pain at first. Many men do not tell their health care provider about these signs. On average, men wait for about five months before saying anything. Since the tumor can spread during that time, it is vital to reach out to a urologist if you notice any of these signs.
What are 5 warning signs of testicular cancer?
Five Common Signs of Testicular Cancer
- A painless lump, swelling or enlargement of one or both testes.
- Pain or heaviness in the scrotum.
- A dull ache or pressure in the groin, abdomen or low back.
- A general feeling of malaise, including unexplained fatigue, fever, sweating, coughing, shortness of breath or mild chest pains.
Is a testicular cancer lump hard or soft?
The lump will usually form on the front or side of a testicle. It will often feel hard, and the entire testicle may feel firmer than usual.
What is the best way to detect testicular cancer?
An ultrasound is often the first test done if the doctor thinks you might have testicular cancer. It uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of your body. It can be used to see if a change is a certain benign condition (like a hydrocele or varicocele) or a solid tumor that could be a cancer.
What does a testicular cyst feel like?
A spermatocele (epididymal cyst) is a painless, fluid-filled cyst in the long, tightly coiled tube that lies above and behind each testicle (epididymis). The fluid in the cyst may contain sperm that are no longer alive. It feels like a smooth, firm lump in the scrotum on top of the testicle.