Every April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. It's a time of year to raise extra awareness and promote facts about this common cancer in young men. Education and early detection is a key factor to surviving testicular cancer.
When it's found early, it's one of the most treatable and curable forms of cancer. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 34. Still, it's fairly rare. By doing the Testicular Self-Exam, you can check for things that aren't normal and may need to be seen by your doctor.
When doing the Testicular Self-Exam, here are four common signs that may indicate a testicular tumor:
- A painless lump in the testicle (the most common sign)
- A feeling of unusual weight in the scrotum
- Swelling of the testicle (with or without pain)
- A pain or a dull ache in the testicle, scrotum or groin
Until proven otherwise, any lump or firm part of the testicle should be considered a potential tumor. Since testicular tumors can spread and become worse over time, it's vital to talk to a doctor right away when you have a symptom.
Read past CareBlog posts about testicular cancer: