Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men between the ages of 20 and 34, with the highest incident rate in white males. When diagnosed and treated early, this type of cancer has a high cure rate.

Most testicular tumors are discovered during self-exams. Common symptoms include a change in the size or shape of one or both testes, pain or tenderness in the testicle, painless swelling or lower back pain, belly or groin. Your physician may want to order additional tests like a testicular ultrasound or CT scan and blood work in order to make an accurate diagnosis.

If a diagnosis of testicular cancer is confirmed, you will need to discuss treatment options and follow up care with your physician. In most cases, treatment includes surgical removal of the testicle. A sample of the removed tissue will be sent to a pathologist for review. Your physician can make recommendations on further treatment once the cancer cells are identified.

Testicular cancer can be easily treated and cured with early detection. If you have any symptoms you are concerned about, make an appointment with your physician.