Testicular cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in males but it is also one of the most treatable; this type of cancer is the most common amongst younger men, affecting around 1 in 450 men. Survival rates are very high, with only 70 men dying of the disease out of 2,000 new annual cases.
Symptoms of testicular cancer
Common symptoms of testicular cancer include:
- A dull pain in the testicles
- The development of a small, firm lump in the testicles (usually at the side or the front of the testicle)
- Sharp pain in the testicles
Checking for lumps and abnormalities
Doctors recommend that men check their testicles for lumps and abnormalities on a regular basis; the testicles should be checked after a hot shower or bath.
Treating testicular cancer
Usually, treatment involves removing the affected testicle during a surgical procedure; this should not prevent the patient from producing children in the future but it may decrease fertility to a degree. If the cancer has spread, further treatment may be needed; this will usually involve chemotherapy or radiotherapy.