What is the key for early detection of testicular cancer?
Self-Exams Are Key to Early Detection Testicular cancer is usually found by an individual during a self-examination. Men of all ages should make a point of examining their testicles once a month, ideally after a warm bath or shower when the scrotum is relaxed.
What is the first step in early detection for testicular cancer?
A testicular ultrasound test uses sound waves to create an image of the scrotum and testicles. During an ultrasound you lie on your back with your legs spread. Your doctor then applies a clear gel to your scrotum. A hand-held probe is moved over your scrotum to make the ultrasound image.
What can a male do to detect the early signs of testicular cancer?
- 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.
How do you detect testicular cancer?
Hold your testicle between your thumbs and fingers with both hands and roll it gently between your fingers. Look and feel for any hard lumps or nodules (smooth rounded masses) or any change in the size, shape, or consistency of your testicles.
When should you check for testicular cancer?
Some doctors recommend that men ages 15 to 55 perform a monthly self-examination to find any changes. Monthly testicular self-examinations, performed after a warm shower, can help find the cancer at an early stage, when it is more likely to be successfully treated.
What would a lump on testicle 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.
Does a testicular cancer lump hurt?
Testicular cancer Most tumors do not cause any pain. 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. A lump can develop inside the testicle, or just under the skin.
Does a testicular cancer lump grow?
A painless lump or swelling on either testicle. If found early, a testicular tumor may be about the size of a pea or a marble, but it can grow much larger. Pain, discomfort, or numbness in a testicle or the scrotum, with or without swelling. Change in the way a testicle feels or a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.