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10 Warnings Signs of Testicular Cancer Every Man Should Know
Your best defense is to become familiar with the top 10 warnings signs, which are:
1. A Lump in One or Both Testicles
This is the most common symptom of testicular cancer. Most men describe this lump as a pea sized ball that they can feel with their fingers. Most men say there is no pain but others state that they feel a type of dull ache in their groin or lower abdomen, a type of heaviness or dragging sensation.
2. Enlarged Lymph Nodes
You might have enlarged lymph nodes in the groin area as the disease spreads.
3. Shrinking of One or Both Testicles
4. Swelling of One or Both Testicles
5. Lower Back Pain
6. Enlargement or Tenderness of the Breasts
7. Fluid Collection in the Scrotum
8. Pain or Discomfort in the Scrotum or in One or Both Testicles
9. A Feeling of Heaviness in the Scrotum
10. Pain in One or Both Testicles or an Ache in the Lower Abdomen
Men should do a monthly exam of their testicles once a month while they are in the shower, or after they get out. The scrotum is slippery and relaxed at this time and lumps can be more easily detected.
Look and feel for any lumps, changes in size, or shape. Although it is normal for one testicle to be slightly larger than the other and for one to hang a bit lower than the other, any other type of abnormality (such as one testicle dramatically increasing in size or looks obviously shrunken) should be investigated further by your doctor.
Don’t delay reporting any changes you might find, as this is your best defense against this type of cancer.