Incidence rates for testicular cancer in the UK are highest in males aged 30 - 34.
Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 35 years. It can occur in older men and younger boys.
- A lump or swelling in either testicle.
- A dull ache in a testicle, groin or in the lower stomach.
- A testicle dragging or feeling heavy.
- An enlarged testicle.
- A change in the shape or size of your testicle.
- An increase in firmness of a testicle.
If you notice any changes at all make an appointment to see your doctor and don't be embarrassed, you are not wasting their time. Most lumps are NOT cancer.
Early detection saves lives.
If found early 99% of cases can be treated and cured. Examine your testicles every month.
Testicular Cancer : The importance of checking
How to check yourself
- Roll each testicle between your thumb and fingers to check for lumps or swellings.
- Compare one testicle with the other.
- Know what to look out for (symptoms as above).
- Know what is normal for you.
If there is anything unusual or any changes go and see your doctor straight away. Most lumps are harmless but if there is a problem early detection will make treatment easier and more effective.