Testicular cancer: Six early signs and symptoms that could indicate you have the disease

Cancer forms when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. With testicular cancer this starts in the testicles.

The outlook for those diagnosed with testicular cancer is one of the best for all cancers. 

Most men make a full recovery, particularly if the cancer is diagnosed early. 

But do you know all the signs and symptoms to look for? 

According to the NHS there are six symptoms you should watch for: 

  • Painless swelling or lump in one of the testicles
  • Any change in shape or texture of the testicles 
  • An increase in the firmness of a testicle 
  • A difference between one testicle and the other 
  • A dull ache or sharp pain in your testicles or scrotum, which may come and go 
  • A feeling of heaviness in your scrotum  

A lump is one of the most common symptoms associated with testicular cancer. 

The NHS explains: “The swelling or lump can be about the size of a pea but may be larger. 

“Most lumps or swellings in the scrotum aren’t in the testicle and aren’t a sign of cancer, but they should never be ignored.” 

You should visit your GP if you notice a swelling, lump or any chance in one of your testicles. 

If you don’t feel comfortable visiting your GP you can visit your local sexual health clinic where a healthcare professional will be able to examine you. 

Men with a bent penis could be at higher risk of developing stomach and testicular cancer, scientists recently revealed.

Peyronie’s disease - a condition which causes the penis to become curved when erect - significantly increases the risk of cancer, said scientists from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

More than 1.5 million men are estimated to have the condition in the UK. It affects between five and 10 per cent of all men, according to estimates. 

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