Symptoms of testicular cancer are easy to spot if you know what to look out for. In this article, I’ll take you through the steps you need to take to check yourself for possible symptoms so that you can get fast treatment.
Know Your Testicles
First of all, you should get familiar with your own testicles. Many guys do not even know the anatomy of their testicles and have never explored them before. I suggest you find a good self-examination video on Youtube.
But basically, each testis is an smooth ovoid shape. Attached to the back of the testis is the epididymis. This is a loose, tubular structure adhered to the back and ending at the top and bottom of the testis. The testis also has a spermatic cord attached to the top of it.
The classic symptom of testicular cancer is a small lump. Tumors originate from inside the testicle itself so you need to push and feel the testis (without causing pain) to look for one.
When you feel your testis there should be a little “give” and this is quite normal. Palpate the testis like this and if you feel anything like a hard pea or peanut then it could be a tumor.
Some guys don’t get the classic lump. Instead, the entire testis becomes harder over a short space of time.
Sometimes the entire testis can swell to as much as three times the size. Definitely get this checked out.
Most testicular tumors are painless. Therefore many guys think that if they have a lump that hurts then it is not cancer. This is not true. Sometimes, there can be pain associated with the tumor.
Basically, know your testicles and check them once per month. If anything changes then get them checked out immediately. Your doctor will probably order an ultrasound and this should give a reliable diagnosis.