Testicular cancer is considered taboo in our country. To break this, we have decided to talk about it since it is very important in every man’s life. By 2016, about 8720 men may have this disease.
Any change in size or shape of the testis should be taken seriously. This is usually not painful.
A self evaluation between the ages of 15 and 40 is a must because the average age of diagnosis is now 33. It will help in early detection and will make other family members aware of genetic transmission.
Common Symptoms Of Testicular Cancer
– A pain or feeling of pressure in the lower belly or groin.
– Early puberty in boys
– In rare cases, germ cell tumors can cause breast growth or soreness
– A swelling and/or lump in one or both testicles.
– A heavy feeling in the scrotum.
Note: it is normal for one testis to be bigger than the other and for one to hang lower than the other.
Advanced Stage Symptoms
– Constant lack of energy, sweating without reason, recurrent fever, and frequent feeling of illness.
– Belly Pain: It occurs from either enlarged lymph nodes or because the cancer has spread to the liver.
– Severe pain in the lower back and belly
– Frequent headache or confusion
– Shortness of breath, coughing, and chest pain
Non cancerous conditions like inflammation may cause similar symptoms. Always get tested to confirm a diagnosis.
Tests To Be Done:
Ultrasound: to rule out causes of enlarged or painful testis conditions.
– Blood test: to check for hormone levels which are markers of testicular cancer: Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH). Beta-Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (ß-HCG) and Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP).
Always conduct a self-exam every month. It is very much curable. Consult your physician if you notice anything unusual.
Source: Best Healthy Guide