If you’re like most men, then you probably don’t know what to look for when it comes to testicular cancer. It is estimated that more than 9,000 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer this year alone, making it highly important to be on the lookout for problematic symptoms.
If you would like to schedule a general wellness exam, or if you would like to have any symptoms reviewed, then get in touch with Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale. We provide a number of men’s health services, including physicals, testosterone replacement therapy, and weight loss management. Call our office at 623-242-5881 or send us an email through our website today to get started.
Testicular cancer is relatively rare, though this fact does not make a diagnosis any less serious. Men between the ages of 15 and 44 are the most likely to develop testicular cancer, with 33 being the average age of diagnosis. While you should always plan on scheduling an annual physical at our men’s health center so that your doctor can evaluate your overall health, you should be watching for the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer between visits.
Signs & Symptoms
Testicular cancer has a distinctive set of symptoms that should always be brought to your physician’s attention. It’s important to note that while these symptoms are often caused by testicular cancer, they can also be caused by infections and injuries. While this list is not exhaustive, these are the most common symptoms experienced by men with testicular cancer:
- Lumps and swelling: One of the most common signs of testicular cancer is testicular swelling and/or the development of small lumps on the testicles. Lumps can range from the size of a small pea to the size of a marble.
- Pain, discomfort, and numbness: Testicular cancer can cause a variety of painful symptoms throughout the body. You may feel pain radiating to your lower back, chest, and down one or both of your legs. Pain can occur with or without swelling.
- Breast tenderness and/or growth: Some cancerous tumors can disrupt the normal hormone production process, leading to breast growth and/or accompanying tenderness.
The survival rate for men with testicular cancer is quite high, with 99 percent of men with Stage 1 testicular cancer expected to make a full recovery. Testicular cancer can spread to the lymph nodes and become more difficult to treat as it progresses, though the survival rate still remains around 73 percent. Common treatments include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery to remove affected tissue.
Men who have been treated for testicular cancer will need to regularly follow up with their physicians to ensure that the cancer does not return, and to manage any long-term side effects resulting from treatment. The cells that produce testosterone can become damaged during the treatment process, and some men find themselves turning to testosterone replacement therapy to deal with the symptoms.
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