Symptoms of Testicular Cancer

Symptoms of testicular cancer include:

  • A painless lump or swelling in either testicle
  • Enlargement or swelling of a testicle, or a change in the way it feels
  • Feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
  • A dull ache in the lower abdomen or groin
  • Fluid or swelling in the scrotum, especially (though not exclusively) if it appears suddenly
  • Pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
  • Lower back pain (in later stages of the cancer)
  • Breast enlargement or discomfort (rare)
Note: Any of these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions. If you experience any one of them, see your doctor. The best way to discover testicular cancer is by finding it yourself when it is small. As with all cancers, the best results come from early treatment.

References

Testicular cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003142-pdf.pdf. Accessed September 17, 2014.

Testicular cancer. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated May 31, 2012. Accessed September 17, 2014.

Testicular cancer. Merck Manual Professional Version. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/genitourinary-disorders/genitourinary-cancer/testicular-cancer. Updated November 2013. Accessed September 17, 2014.

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