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Testicular Cancer

Each year, more than 9,500 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer, and more than 400 die of the disease. Although men of any age may develop testicular cancer, it is most frequently diagnosed in men ages 20-34.

Testicular cancer is usually curable when found early and treated appropriately; treatment is often successful even at later stages.

You might be at increased risk for testicular cancer if you:

  • Had an undescended testicle(s) at birth or other abnormal development of the testes
  • Are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Have a genetic problem caused by having an extra X chromosome
  • Have a personal or family history of testicular cancer
  • Are white

Talk with your health care professional right away if you have any of these symptoms:

  • A painless lump, enlargement or swelling in either testicle
  • A change in how the testicle feels
  • Dull aching in the lower abdomen, back or groin
  • Pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
  • Sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
  • Feeling of heaviness in the scrotum

If you have a son who was born with an undescended testicle, talk with his health care professional about correcting it before he reaches puberty.

  • Ask your health care professional to examine your testicles as part of your routine physical exam.
  • Talk with your health care professional about testicular self-exam. It is one way to get to know what is normal for you. If you notice a change, talk with your health care professional right away.

Resources

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News | Apr 15, 2022 The Weekly: Cancer blood tests, an Olympian’s testicular cancer diagnosis and more
News | Nov 18, 2021 Delivering early cancer detection for everyone
Video | Mar 26, 2021 Patrick’s Early Detection Story
News | Aug 6, 2020 Prevent Cancer Foundation announces “Back on the Books” — A lifesaving initiative in the face of COVID-19
News | Apr 27, 2020 The self-check every man should be doing at home
News | Feb 26, 2020 Cancer screening 101
News | Nov 1, 2019 Check your balls
News | Apr 5, 2019 Beating the buzzer on testicular cancer: Phil Kessel’s story
News | Feb 14, 2019 #CheckYourM8 to make Valentine’s great ❤
News | Jun 13, 2018 Men’s Health Month: What should I ask at the doctor’s office?
News | Apr 30, 2018 How to self check for testicular cancer
News | Apr 22, 2016 Know Your Normal: Pay Attention to Changes in Your Body
News | Feb 12, 2016 Check Your Mate on Valentine’s Day
News | Jun 19, 2015 Check Yourself Out
News | Dec 18, 2014 Keep calm and check ’em
News | Jun 9, 2014 Time to man up!
Video | Feb 14, 2014 Check Your Mate [video]
News | Apr 12, 2012 Turning Grief into Action: A Father Talks about the Need for Greater Testicular Cancer Awareness
News | May 17, 2011 Testicular Cancer Survivor’s Message: Guys, Check Yourself!
News | Apr 5, 2011 Cancer Early Detection A Winning Strategy for Olympic Athlete
News | Jun 1, 2010 Dr. Richard Wender: The Manly Thing to Do
News | Mar 3, 2010 A Winning Attitude Helped Olympic Athlete Fight Testicular Cancer

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